Definitions for: Mail

[n] (medieval) flexible armor; made of interlinked metal rings
[n] a conveyance that transports mail
[n] the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office; "the mail handles billions of items every day"; "he works for the United States mail service"; "in England they call mail `the post'"
[n] the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service
[n] any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered; "your mail is on the table"; "is there any post for me?"; "she was opening her post"
[v] cause to be directed or transmitted to another place; "send me your latest results"; "I'll mail you the paper when it's written"
[v] send via the postal service; "I'll mail you the check tomorrow"

Webster (1913) Definition: Mail, n.
A spot. [Obs.]

Mail, n. [F. maille, OF. also maaille, LL. medalia. See
1. A small piece of money; especially, an English silver
half-penny of the time of Henry V. [Obs.] [Written also
maile, and maille.]

2. Rent; tribute. [Obs., except in certain compounds and
phrases, as blackmail, mails and duties, etc.]

Mail and duties (Scots Law), the rents of an estate, in
whatever form paid.

Mail, n. [OE. maile, maille, F. maille a ring of mail,
mesh, network, a coat of mail, fr. L. macula spot, a mesh of
a net. Cf. Macle, Macula, Mascle.]
1. A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was
used especially for defensive armor. --Chaucer.

Chain mail, Coat of mail. See under Chain, and Coat.

2. Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering.

3. (Naut.) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing
off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.

4. (Zo["o]l.) Any hard protective covering of an animal, as
the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster,

We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.

Mail, v. t.
1. To arm with mail.

2. To pinion. [Obs.]

Mail, n. [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk,
mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf.
Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. ? hide, skin.]
1. A bag; a wallet. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

2. The bag or bags with the letters, papers, papers, or other
matter contained therein, conveyed under public authority
from one post office to another; the whole system of
appliances used by government in the conveyance and
delivery of mail matter.

There is a mail come in to-day, with letters dated
Hague. --Tatler.

3. That which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received
through the post office.

4. A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be
carried. [Obs.] --Sir W. Scott.

Mail bag, a bag in which mailed matter is conveyed under
public authority.

Mail boat, a boat that carries the mail.

Mail catcher, an iron rod, or other contrivance, attached
to a railroad car for catching a mail bag while the train
is in motion.

Mail guard, an officer whose duty it is to guard the public
mails. [Eng.]

Mail train, a railroad train carrying the mail.

Mail, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mailed; p. pr. & vb. n.
To deliver into the custody of the postoffice officials, or
place in a government letter box, for transmission by mail;
to post; as, to mail a letter. [U. S.]

Note: In the United States to mail and to post are both in
common use; as, to mail or post a letter. In England
post is the commoner usage.

Synonyms: chain armor, chain armour, chain mail, get off, mail service, post, post, post, postal service, ring armor, ring armour, ring mail, send

See Also: 1st class, 1st-class mail, accumulation, aggregation, air mail, airmail, airmail, airpost, assemblage, body armor, body armour, brigandine, bulk mail, byrnie, cataphract, coat of mail, collection, communicating, communication, conveyance, express, express, express mail, express-mail, first class, first-class mail, gusset, habergeon, hauberk, letter, mailing, message, missive, parcel post, pouch, priority mail, register, registered mail, registered post, send, send out, special delivery, suit of armor, suit of armour, surface mail, third class, third-class mail, transfer, transport, voider

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