Mace

Definition of Mace

Pronunciation: mās
n.1.A money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57.98 grains.
1.(Bot.) A kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See Nutmeg.
1.A heavy staff or club of metal; a spiked club; - used as weapon in war before the general use of firearms, especially in the Middle Ages, for breaking metal armor.
Death with his mace petrific . . . smote.
- Milton.
2.A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority.
3.An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority; a macebearer.
4.A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.
5.(Billiards) A rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with one hand.
prop. n.1.A chemical preparation containing tear gas in a solvent, packaged in the form of a spray, and used to temporarily incapacitate people, such as rioters or criminals, by causing intense eye and skin irritation; also called chemical mace. It is designed to be a non-lethal weapon for defending against violent people.

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