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ma

Noun

1 informal terms for a mother [syn: mama, mamma, mom, momma, mommy, mammy, mum, mummy, mater]
2 a master's degree in arts and sciences [syn: Master of Arts, Artium Magister, AM]
3 one thousandth of an ampere [syn: milliampere]
4 a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies [syn: Massachusetts, Bay State, Old Colony]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

ma or Ma

Noun

  1. In the context of "colloquially|and in direct address": Mother, mama.

Usage notes

  • Often capitalized when used to refer to a specific person.
Hey, Ma, I’d like you to meet my friend Jamie.

Synonyms

Translations

colloquial form of mother
  • Finnish: äiskä, äiti
  • French: maman
  • German: Mamma, Mutter
  • Italian: mamma

See also

Breton

Pronoun

  1. my

Dutch

Noun

  1. mother

Synonyms

See also

Estonian

Pronoun

  1. I;

Finnish

Etymology 1

From maanantai.

abbreviation Finnish

  1. Monday

Etymology 2

Pronoun

  1. In the context of "personal|archaic|poetic|lang=fi": I
Synonyms

French

Pronunciation

  • /ma/, /ma/

Adjective

  1. my;

Hungarian

Adverb

  1. today

Noun

  1. today

Italian

Conjunction

  1. but

Japanese

Noun

  1. : hiragana character ma
  2. : katakana character ma
  3. : space, room
  4. : evil spirit

Livonian

Pronoun

  1. I;

Lojban

Particle

  1. Used as a sumti, the word indicates asking for that sumti; thus it is equivalent to any of the English question words who, where, how, etc.

Mandarin

Pronunciation

Particle

  1. (calling for agreement or disagreement)
    ni xin ta ma? "Do you believe she/him?"
    ni shuo Putonghua ma? "Do you speak Putonghua/Mandarin?"
    ni shuo Yingyu ma? — Do you speak English?
    (nǐ shuō Yīngyǔ ma? — 你说英语吗?)

Pinyin

  1. : interrogative particle; repetition of a tune small; tender
  2. : final interrogative particle
  3. : final interrogative particle
  4. : final exclamatory particle
  5. :
  6. : interrogative final particle; insignificant, small, tiny
  7. : interrogative final particle; insignificant, small, tiny

Pinyin syllable

ma
  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, , , , or .

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Old Frisian

Cardinal number

  1. one

Pitjantjatjara

Adverb

  1. away

Scottish Gaelic

Adverb

  1. if
    "Ma tha thu 'g iarrraidh sin" ("If you are wanting that")

Sumerian

Conjunction

  1. and
  2. but

Adverb

ma

Extensive Definition

MA is an abbreviation and Ma may be either an abbreviation or a word, each of which may refer to:
in academia:
in science and technology:
in geography:
  • Ma River, river in Asia, running through Vietnam and Laos
  • Madagascar (MA), FIPS 10-4 country code
  • Maranhão (BR-MA), part of the ISO 3166-2:BR geocode for the Brazilian state
  • Massachusetts (MA), United States postal abbreviations for the state
  • Meshwesh (Ma), an ancient Libyan (i.e., Berber) tribe from Cyrenaica
  • Metropolitan area (MA), a qualifying term, e.g. "Tokyo MA"
  • Morocco (MA), ISO 3166 country code
in myth and culture:
in other uses:
ma in German: MA
ma in Modern Greek (1453-): MA
ma in Spanish: Ma
ma in Esperanto: Ma
ma in French: MA
ma in Korean: MA
ma in Indonesian: MA
ma in Italian: MA
ma in Latvian: MA
ma in Dutch: MA
ma in Japanese: MA
ma in Norwegian: MA
ma in Polish: MA
ma in Portuguese: MA
ma in Kölsch: MA (Watt ėßß datt?)
ma in Slovenian: MA
ma in Swedish: MA
ma in Thai: MA
ma in Chinese: MA

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

dam, foster mother, genetrix, mam, mama, mammy, mater, materfamilias, maternal ancestor, matriarch, mom, mommy, mother, mummy, old lady, old woman, stepmother, the old woman
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