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Mab \Mab\ (m[a^]b), prop. n. [Cf. W. mad a male child, a boy.]

  1. A slattern. [Prov. Eng.]

  2. [capitalized] The name of a female fairy, esp. the queen of the fairies; and hence, sometimes, any fairy.


n. a slattern

Mab (moon)

Mab , or Uranus XXVI (26), is an inner satellite of Uranus. It was discovered by Mark R. Showalter and Jack J. Lissauer in 2003 using the Hubble Space Telescope. It was named after Queen Mab, a fairy queen from English folklore who is mentioned in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

Because the moon is small and dark, it was not seen in the heavily scrutinized images taken by Voyager 2 during its Uranus flyby in 1986. However, it is brighter than another moon, Perdita, which was discovered from Voyager's photos in 1997. This led scientists to re-examine the old photos again, and the satellite was finally found in the images.

The size of Mab is not known exactly. If it is as dark as Puck, it is about 24 km in diameter. On the other hand, if it is brightly coloured like the neighbouring moon Miranda, it would be even smaller than Cupid and comparable to the smallest outer satellites.

Mab is heavily perturbed. The actual source for perturbation is still unclear, but is presumed to be one or more of the nearby orbiting moons.

Mab orbits at the same distance from Uranus as the μ ring (formerly known as R/2003 U 1), a recently discovered dusty ring. The moon is nearly the optimal size for dust production, since larger moons can recollect the escaping dust and smaller moons have too small surface areas for supplying the ring via ring particle or meteoroid collisions. No rings associated with Perdita and Cupid have been found, probably because Belinda limits the lifetimes of dust they generate.

Following its discovery, Mab was given the temporary designation S/2003 U 1. The moon is also designated Uranus XXVI.


Mab, Mabs or MAB may refer to:

Usage examples of "mab".

Precept, and that is why I am sending you to Alba to bear word to Drustan mab Necthana.

And when you gain the distant shore of Alba, give it to Drustan mab Necthana, that he might know from whence it came.

Barlimo had told her earlier that Timmer, Janusin, and Mab did not constitute a house quorum.

But Timmer was feeling angry with Mab for defending Cobeth, so she would not stop.

Worse yet and unknown to Timmer, young Mab lacked an accurate sense of direction.

Mab turned to Timmer as they approached the gabled house at the end of Renegade Road.

Catching sight of several Jinnjirri fondling each other in the corner of the commons room as she and Mab entered, Timmer smiled with relief.

Mab stared at Timmer stupidly while Doogat threw a dry towel around her bare breasts and shoulders.

They were delicate and finely made, some of them even beautiful, but Mab thought she could never get any pleasure out of the possession of such a frivolity, never look at it without seeing all those rows of blank, unchildish faces, and lowered eyes, and flying hands.

Drustan mab Necthana took one lurching step forward, locking gazes with the Master of the Straits.

Queen Mab, and the Witch of the Atlas, and the Sensitive Plant, they were the upholders of the old order, George the Third and Lord Castlereagh and the Duke of Wellington and Southey, and they were the canters and tramplers of the great world, and they were his enemies and himself.

Despite his initial discomfort, he dealt evenly with our unlikely force, and found a common bond with Drustan mab Necthana, who was not too proud to appreciate another's skill.

My hand throbbed, where Mab had driven the freaking letter opener through it.

No one would be interested in the old man or either of the two mabs at his side.