There are 2 definitions of Male in English:


Syllabification: Ma·le
Pronunciation: /ˈmälā
  • The capital of the Maldives; population 111,000 (est. 2007).

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There are 2 definitions of Male in English:


Syllabification: male
Pronunciation: /māl


  • 1Of or denoting the sex that produces small, typically motile gametes, especially spermatozoa, with which a female may be fertilized or inseminated to produce offspring: male children
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    • The chromosome from the father determines whether the offspring becomes male or female.
    • Thus, the benefits to offspring of male incubation may be reduced in various species.
    • Some females even adjust the ratio of male to female offspring depending on the circumstances.
    masculine, virile, manly, macho; manlike, mannish
  • 1.1Relating to or characteristic of men or male animals; masculine: male unemployment a deep male voice
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    • We women in business are measured by how many male characteristics we have.
    • The slow release of testosterone ensures that sex drive and male characteristics, such as body hair, are maintained.
    • We know also that in animals the male hormone, testosterone, is related to dominance and aggression.
  • 1.2(Of a plant or flower) bearing stamens but lacking functional pistils.
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    • The pollen grain is the male gametophytic phase of flowering plants.
    • The path of pollen tubes has not been investigated, as male flowers were not available.
    • Live oaks produce male flowers called catkins that bloom in hanging clusters.
  • 1.3(Of parts of machinery, fittings, etc.) designed to enter, fill, or fit inside a corresponding female part.
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    • The fitting also includes a male end portion configured to engage female threads on the hub of the receptacle.
    • Cut another small piece of pipe and attach male adapters on both ends.
    • This audio cable with male connectors on each end is used with ISDN primary rate interfaces.


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  • A male person, plant, or animal: the audience consisted of adult males the male of the species
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    • Common chimpanzees are very social animals, with males forming the closest bonds.
    • Adult natal males were never observed to achieve intromission, so all complete copulations involved immigrants.
    • Interactions among newborns, mothers, and adult males are rarely observed but are needed to distinguish between these hypotheses.



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  • The distinction feminists have made between maleness and masculinity provides a clue and an analogy.
  • They believe that maleness is a kind of original sin.
  • I wanted to welcome men back to their wonderful maleness.


late Middle English: from Old French masle, from Latin masculus, from mas 'a male'.

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