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Maid"en (?), n. [OE. maiden, meiden, AS. maegden, dim. of AS. maeg, fr. mago son, servant; akin to G. magd, madchen, maid, OHG. magad, Icel. mogr son, Goth. magus boy, child, magaps virgin, and perh. to Zend. magu youth. Cf. Maid a virgin.]

1.

An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid.

She employed the residue of her life to repairing of highways, building of bridges, and endowing of maidens. Carew.

A maiden of our century, yet most meek. Tennyson.

2.

A female servant.

[Obs.]

3.

An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.

Wharton.

4.

A machine for washing linen.

 

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Maid"en, a.

1.

Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence.

"Amid the maiden throng."

Addison.

Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? Shak.

2.

Never having been married; not having had sexual intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but sometimes of the man; as, a maiden aunt.

"A surprising old maiden lady."

Thackeray.

3.

Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused. "Maiden flowers.'

Shak.

Full bravely hast thou fleshed Thy maiden sword. Shak.

4.

Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated.

T. Warton. Macaulay.

Maiden assize Eng.Law, an assize which there is no criminal prosecution; an assize which is unpolluted with blood. It was usual, at such an assize, for the sheriff to present the judge with a pair of white gloves. Smart. -- Maiden name, the surname of a woman before her marriage. -- Maiden pink. Bot. See under Pink. -- Maiden plum Bot., a West Indian tree (Comocladia integrifolia) with purplish drupes. The sap of the tree is glutinous, and gives a persistent black stain. -- Maiden speech, the first speech made by a person, esp. by a new member in a public body. -- Maiden tower, the tower most capable of resisting an enemy.<-- maiden voyage. first regular service voyage of a ship -->

 

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Maid"en, v. t.

To act coyly like a maiden; -- with it as an indefinite object.

For had I maiden'd it, as many use. Loath for to grant, but loather to refuse. Bp. Hall.

 

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