malleo-, malle- (Latin: hammer).
Relating to the incus and the malleus; denoting the articulation between the incus and the malleus in the middle ear.
Not malleable; incapable of being hammered out; unyielding (to force).
Between the malleoli (plural of malleolus, a rounded process, such as the protuberance on either side of the ankle joint).
What we now call "a large enclosed building complex containing shops, restaurants, and other businesses and facilities serving the general public" originally came from Pall-Mall Alley which was an alley used for a 17th century game where players used a mallet to hit a wooden ball through an iron hoop suspended at the end of a long alley and which later became a fashionable promenade (a place for a leisurely walk or stroll).
To clarify the connection between today's malls and the 1674 mall, we should view the malls we have now as public walking places (promenades) like The Mall in St. Jame's Park in London which referred to that alley-game mentioned earlier; that is, pall-mall or literally "ball-mallet".
malleable, malleability, malleableness:
1. Capable of being shaped by being beaten or by pressure; a property of certain metals such as gold and silver.
2. Having the characteristics of being beaten out into a thin plate.
3. Having the property (possessed by certain substances, especially metals) of being deprived of form by hammering or pressure, without a tendency or capacity to return to it, or to fracture.
4. Capable of being fashioned or adapted.
To beat with a hammer; specifically, to beat (metal) thin or flat.
Wrought with a hammer; also, marked or dented as with a hammer.
1. Convulsive movements of the hands, as if in the act of hammering.
2. A form of tic, in which the hands twitch in a hammering motion against the thighs.
Having the form of a hammer.
1. A kind of hammer, normally of wood, but sometimes it is made of other materials.
2. The wooden hammer used for striking the balls in the game of croquet.
malleus (singular), mallei (plural):
1. The outermost of the three small bones (malleus, incus, and stapes) in the ear of mammals, that transmits the vibrations of the tympanum to the incus or anvil.
2. The largest of the three auditory ossicles, resembling a club rather than a hammer; it is regarded as having a head, below which is the neck, and from this diverge the handle or manubrium, and the slender, anterior process; from the base of the manubrium the short lateral process arises. The manubrium and lateral process are firmly attached to the tympanic membrane, and the head articulates with a saddle-shaped surface on the body of the incus [a small bone, shaped like an anvil, found in the middle ear of mammals between the malleus and the stapes bones]. Also called a "hammer".
Relating to the malleus and the incus in the tympanum.
Relating to one or both malleoli.
malleolus (singular), malleoli (plural):
A rounded bony prominence such as those on either side of the ankle joint.
1. Division of the malleus.
2. Division of the ligaments holding the malleoli in apposition in order to permit their separation in certain cases of clubfoot.
malleus (singular), mallei (plural):
1. A hammer-shaped bone, the outermost of three small bones in the middle ear that transmit sound waves from the eardrum to the inner ear.
2. The largest of the three auditory ossicles, resembling a club rather than a hammer; it is regarded as having a head, below which is the neck, and from this diverge the handle or manubrium, and the slender, anterior process; from the base of the manubrium the short lateral process arises. The manubrium and lateral process are firmly attached to the tympanic membrane, and the head articulates with a saddle-shaped surface on the body of the incus.
maul, mauled, mauling, mauls, mauler (one who mauls):
1. To beat, batter, or tear at a person or animal.
2. To handle somebody or something too roughly or clumsily.
3. To split wood using a large heavy hammer and a wedge.
4. A large heavy hammer, usually with a wooden head, that is used for driving in piles, stakes, or wedges.
5. A heavy hammer that has one side of the head shaped like a wedge, making it suitable for splitting logs or wood.
Relating to the tympanic membrane and the malleus.