M m


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [mak]
    • /mæk/
    • /mæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mak]
    • /mæk/

Definitions of mac word

  • noun mac a male given name. 1
  • abbreviation MAC Macaroni. 1
  • noun mac mackintosh: rainproof coat 1
  • noun mac term of address to a man 1
  • noun Technical meaning of mac (computer)   The line of computers manufactured by Apple Inc. "Mac" is not primarily a nickname or an abbreviation, but a brand name and trademark in its own right. Apple currently (2009) refer to the brand as any of "Mac", "iMac" or "Macintosh" (all registered trademarks). The Mac was Apple's successor to the Lisa. The project was proposed by Jef Raskin some time before Steve Jobs's famous visit to Xerox PARC. Jobs tried to scuttle the Macintosh project and only joined it later because he wasn't trusted to manage the Lisa project. The Macintosh user interface was notable for popularising the graphical user interface, with its easy to learn and easy to use desktop metaphor. The first Macintosh, introduced in January 1984, had a Motorola 68000 CPU, 128K of RAM, a small monochrome screen, and one built-in floppy disk drive with an external slot for one more, two serial ports and a four-voice sound generator. This was all housed in one small plastic case, including the screen. When more memory was available later in the year, a 512K Macintosh was nicknamed the "Fat Mac." The Mac Plus (January 1986) added expandability by providing an external SCSI port for connecting hard disks, magnetic tape, and other high-speed devices. The Mac SE (March 1987) had up to four megabytes of RAM, an optional built-in 20 megabyte hard disk and one internal expansion slot for connecting a third-party device. The Mac II (March 1987) used the faster Motorola 68020 CPU with a 32-bit bus. In 1994 the Power Mac was launched, and in 1999 the iMac was introduced. The SuperDrive appeared in the iMac in 2002. The Macintosh Operating System is now officially called "Mac OS". Mac OS X is the successor to Mac OS 9, although its technological parent is the NEXTSTEP OS from Next, Inc., founded by Steve Jobs after he left Apple the first time. OS X is based largely on the BSD UNIX system. The core of the OS X operating system is released as free source code under the project name Darwin. The standard Macintosh screen resolution is 72 dpi (making one point = one pixel), exactly half the 144 dpi resolution of the ancient Apple Imagewriter dot matrix printer. If "Macintosh" were an acronym, some say it would stand for "Many Applications Crash, If Not, The Operating System Hangs". While this was true for pre Mac OS 9 systems, it is less true for Mac OS 9, and totally incorrect for Mac OS X, which has protected memory, so even if one application crashes, the system and other applications are unaffected. See also Macintosh file system, Macintosh user interface. 1
  • countable noun mac A mac is a raincoat, especially one made from a particular kind of waterproof cloth. 0

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Origin of mac

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
First recorded in 1650-60; special use of Mac

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Mac


mac popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

mac usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for mac

noun mac

  • clone — If someone or something is a clone of another person or thing, they are so similar to this person or thing that they seem to be exactly the same as them.
  • brain — Your brain is the organ inside your head that controls your body's activities and enables you to think and to feel things such as heat and pain.
  • calculator — A calculator is a small electronic device that you use for making mathematical calculations.
  • adding machine — a mechanical device, operated manually or electrically, for adding and often subtracting, multiplying, and dividing
  • number cruncher — a person or thing that performs a great many numerical calculations, as a financial analyst, statistician, computer, or computer program.

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