Man

Man

(mn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Manned (mnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Manning.] 1. To supply with men; to furnish with a sufficient force or complement of men, as for management, service, defense, or the like; to guard; as, to man a ship, boat, or fort.
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See how the surly Warwick mans the wall !
Shak.
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They man their boats, and all their young men arm.
Waller.
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2. To furnish with strength for action; to prepare for efficiency; to fortify. "Theodosius having manned his soul with proper reflections." Addison.
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3. To tame, as a hawk. [R.] Shak.
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4. To furnish with a servant or servants. [Obs.] Shak.
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5. To wait on as a manservant. [Obs.] Shak.
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In "Othello," V. ii. 270, the meaning is uncertain, being, perhaps: To point, to aim, or to manage.
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To man a yard (Naut.), to send men upon a yard, as for furling or reefing a sail. -- To man the yards (Naut.), to station men on the yards as a salute or mark of respect.
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