1 historical A heavy club, typically having a metal head and spikes.
- The charioteers, wearing togas over their body armor, waved baseball bats done up as spiked maces and jumped into carts forged from cast-off vehicle parts.
- Javion cracked a small smile on his usually emotionless face and pulled out a deadly spiked mace with a ball bigger than a Semi and a handle twice as long as he was tall, but thin enough to fit in his hand.
- The brown-bearded man spat, stabbing his heavy, sharp mace into the neck and face of the young reaver, scraping skin and drawing blood.
2A ceremonial staff of office.
- I'd be found in a coma in the midst of some deadly committee meeting about shrinkwrapping kippers and David Steel would have to perform a mercy killing with his ceremonial mace.
- Cape Town - The proposed official ceremonial mace for the national assembly will be made out of aluminium.
- While stormy, even on one occasion involving interference with the ceremonial and symbolic mace, the debates were always underlined by maturity, civility and respect!
Middle English: from Old French masse 'large hammer'.
The reddish fleshy outer covering of the nutmeg, dried as a spice.
- Among the spices specified are ginger, nutmeg, mace, cloves, and saffron; caraway seeds seem always to have been included.
- Before La Varenne, court cuisine had over-emphasized the use of sugar and such sweet spices as cloves, mace, cardamom or nutmeg.
- Spices such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg are ideal for winter soups and paprika helps provide a rich colour, says Bridget Jones.
An irritant chemical used in an aerosol to disable attackers.
- But it would be just my luck if the girl of my dreams took a dislike to me, had a big can of Mace and an itchy trigger finger.
- You can't pull your gun, no Mace - why don't we just arm-wrestle to see if you go to jail?
- [But] why put deadbolt locks on your doors and stock up on cans of Mace and then decide to leave your windows open?
verb(also mace) [with object] Back to top
Spray (someone) with Mace.
- According to MPD spokesman Ron Reier, officers Maced and handcuffed Doby in an attempt to subdue him.
- But as officers put him in a cruiser, an audio recording inside the car shows Coleman asking why they maced him.
- At the police station, Winkler told Siewert that he maced Nelson after Nelson maced him.
1960s (originally US): probably from mace1.
Definition of mace in:
- British & World English dictionary