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Man (verb)

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To Man. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To furnish with men.

    Your ships are not well mann'd;
    Your mariners are muliteers, or reapers.
    Shakespeare.

    A navy, to secure the seas, is mann'd;
    And forces sent.
    Daniel's Civil War.

    It hath been agreed, that either of them should send certain ships to sea well manned, and apparelled to fight. Hayward.

    Their ships go as long voyages as any, and are for their burdens as well manned. Raleigh's Essays.

    He had manned it with a great number of tall soldiers, more than for the proportion of the castle. Bacon.

    They man their boats, and all their young men arm. Waller.

    The Venetians could set out thirty men of war, a hundred gallies, and ten galeases; though I cannot conceive how they could man a fleet of half the number. Addison on Italy.

    Timoleon forced the Carthaginians out, though they had manned out a fleet of two hundred men of war. Arbuthnot.

  2. To guard with men.

    See, how the surly Warwick mans the wall. Shakesp.

    There stands the castle by yond tuft of trees,
    Mann'd with three hundred men.
    Shakesp. Richard II.

    The summons take of the same trumpet's call,
    To sally from one port, or man one publick wall.
    Tate.

  3. To fortify; to strengthen.

    Advise how war may be best upheld,
    Mann'd by her two main nerves, iron and gold,
    In all her equipage.
    Milton.

    Theodosius having mann'd his sould with proper reflexions, exerted himself in the best manner he could, to animate his penitent. Addison's Spect. № 164.

  4. To tame a hawk.

    Another way I have to man my haggard,
    To make her come, and know her keeper's call;
    That is, to watch her.
    Shakespeare.

  5. To attend; to serve; to wait on.

    Thou whoreson mandrake, thou art fitter to be worn in my cap than to wait at my heels: I was never manned with agate till now. Shakespeare's Henry IV.

    They distill their husbands land
    In decoctions, and are mann'd
    With ten empyricks in their chamber,
    Lying for the spirit of amber.
    Benj. Johnson's Forest.

  6. To direct in hostility; to point; to aim. An obsolete word.

    Man but a rush against Othello's breast,
    And he retires.
    Shakespeare's Othello.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Daniel, Samuel (28) · Hayward, John (42) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (39) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Shakespeare's Richard II (40) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71) · Tate, Nahum (7) · Waller, Edmund (63)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Man (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 5, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5024.


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