Mace

Noun

  • An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority.
  • A spice obtained from the outer layer of the kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg.
  • By generalization, a name for personal tear gas and pepper spray.
  • A long baton used by some drum majors to keep time and lead a marching band. If this baton is referred to as a mace, by convention it has a ceremonial often decorative head, which, if of metal, usually is hollow and sometimes intricately worked.
  • (archaic) A billiard cue.
  • An old weight of 57.98 grains.
  • By extension, a common name for some types of pepper spray.
  • A ceremonial form of this weapon.
  • A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.
  • An old money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael.
  • A common name for some types of tear gas.
  • A heavy fighting club.

Verb

  • To hit someone or something with a mace.
  • (informal) To spray a similar noxious chemical in defense or attack using an available hand-held device such as an aerosol spray can.
  • To spray in defense or attack with mace (pepper spray, or, tear gas) using a hand-held device.

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