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mole

Noun

1 the molecular weight of a substance expressed in grams; the basic unit of amount of substance adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites [syn: gram molecule, mol]
2 a spy who works against enemy espionage [syn: counterspy]
3 spicy sauce often containing chocolate
4 a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin
5 a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away [syn: breakwater, groin, groyne, bulwark, seawall, jetty]
6 small velvety-furred burrowing mammal having small eyes and fossorial forefeet

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -əʊl
  • (General American) IPA: /mol/ or /moʊl/

Etymology 1

Old English māl

Noun

  1. A pigmented spot on the skin, a naevus, slightly raised, and sometimes hairy.
Translations
dark spot on the skin

Etymology 2

Middle English molle, akin to Middle Low German mol, mul

Noun

  1. Any of several small, burrowing insectivores of the family Talpidae.
  2. Any of the burrowing rodents also called mole rats.
  3. An internal spy, a person who involves himself or herself with an organization to determine its secrets from within.
Translations
burrowing insectivore
mole rat
  • Finnish: maamyyrärotta, sokkohiiri
internal spy

Etymology 3

French môle

Noun

  1. In the context of "Nautical": A massive structure, usually of stone, used as a pier, breakwater or junction between places separated by water.
    A structure with a breakwater on one side, and a cargo handling facility on the other.
  2. A haven or harbour, protected with a breakwater.
Translations
massive structure used as a pier or breakwater

Etymology 4

German Mol

Noun

  1. In the context of "chemistry|physics": In the International System of Units, the base unit of amount of substance; the amount of substance of a system which contains as many elementary entities as there are atoms in 0.012 kilograms of carbon-12. Symbol: mol. The number of atoms is known as Avogadro’s number
Translations
unit of amount
  • Czech: mol
  • Dutch: mol
  • Esperanto: molo
  • Finnish: mooli
  • French: mole
  • German: Mol
  • Japanese: モル
  • Polish: mol
  • Portuguese: mol
  • Russian: моль

Etymology 5

Latin mola

Noun

  1. A hemorrhagic mass of tissue in the uterus caused by a dead ovum.

Etymology 6

Spanish, From molli

Noun

  1. A sauce containing chocolate and used in cooking of Mexico and neighboring Central America.
Translations

References

French

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. In the context of "chemistry|physics": Mole.

Italian

Noun

  1. mole

Portuguese

Etymology 1

Latin mollis

Adjective

mole

Etymology 2

Latin moles

Noun

mole

Spanish

Etymology 1

From Latin mollis; cognate with muelle

Adjective

  1. soft, mild
Synonyms

Etymology 2

From Latin moles

Noun

  1. large size or quantity
  2. massiness

Etymology 3

From mulli

Noun

  1. a type of stew

Extensive Definition

Mole may refer to:
  • Mole (animal) or mouldywarp, any of the burrowing insectivorous mammals in the family Talpidae, with short velvety fur and enlarged front limbs; the original burrowing mole
  • Golden mole, any of the burrowing insectivorous mammals in the family Chrysochloridae, not closely related to true moles
  • Mole-rats, rodents of several different families which live underground like moles
  • Marsupial mole, a mole-like marsupial
  • Mole cricket, a mole-like cricket in the family Gryllotalpidae
  • Mole skink (Eumeces egregius), a burrowing lizard
  • Mole salamander, a burrowing salamander in the family Ambystomatidae
  • Molehill (or mole-hill), a conical pile of soil pushed up at intervals by moles or other burrowing animals when digging burrows, especially beneath grassland or lawns
  • Moleskin, originally the skin of a mole, but later a heavy, soft, durable cotton fabric, or clothing made from this
  • Mole plant or caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyris), a plant said to keep away moles
  • Mole plough or subsoiler, a deep plough for cutting buried drainage channels under wet farmland, or breaking up compacted soil
  • Rivers
  • Mole (espionage), a spy buried secretly within an organization or country
  • Mole, a tunnel boring machine
  • Mole People, people supposed in urban legend to live in organised societies in urban tunnel systems
  • Whac-A-Mole, a mechanical arcade game in which model moles pop up out of holes and must be hit with a mallet
Mole may also refer to:
  • Mole (skin marking) or melanocytic nevus, a small, sometimes raised area of skin, usually with darker pigment
  • Mole (unit), the SI unit (symbol mol) used in chemistry for the amount of a particular substance
  • Mole Day, an unofficial holiday, its date and time derived from the number of molecules in a chemical mole
  • Mole (sauce), a Mexican sauce made from chilli peppers and other spices, including chocolate
  • Mole (architecture), a massive structure, usually of stone, used as a pier, jetty, breakwater, or junction between places separated by water
  • Mole wrench, a generic term in the UK for vice-grips or lock-jaw pliers, named after a trade name for such tools
  • Hydatidiform mole, an abnormal form of pregnancy, where the uterus contains an anomalous growth instead of a viable embryo
  • Type 33 Mole aircraft, the Beriev Be-8
  • Mole or Mole-Richardson, a stage lighting instrument and motion picture lighting manufacturing company
  • Maria-mole, a dessert popular in Brazil, similar to a marshmallow
  • Mole Valley, a local government district in the valley of the River Mole, Surrey, England
  • Mole Creek, Tasmania, a town in northern Tasmania, Australia
  • La Môle, a commune of the Var Département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur région of France
  • Mole Antonelliana, a landmark in Turin
  • North Mole Lighthouse, a lighthouse at Fremantle, Western Australia
  • Chris Mole (Christopher David Mole, born 1958), UK Labour Member of Parliament
  • Jamie Mole (born 1988), an English professional footballer
  • Miff Mole, (Irving Milfred Mole, 1898–1961), American jazz trombonist and band leader
  • The Mole (MC/producer) (Jonah Mociun), underground hip hop personality
  • Mole, an anthropomorphised animal mole, a main character in the children's novel Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Mole, a reality television series
  • The Mole (South Park), a psychotic French character from the animated series South Park
  • Mole (Zdeněk Miler character), an animated character
  • Matching Mole, UK progressive rock band
  • Adrian Mole, a fictional diarist in a series of novels by Sue Townsend
  • The Mole, a timid fictional character appearing in three of the fantasy novels from Terry Brooks's Shannara series
  • The Mole, a character from cartoon series Happy Tree Friends: see List of Happy Tree Friends characters: The Mole
  • The Mole Man, a fictional supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe
  • Molemen, a trio of Hip Hop producers from Chicago, Illinois
  • Mole Mania, a video game for the original Game Boy
  • Monty Mole, a video game character
  • Mole Listening Pearls, a German record label

See also

mole in Modern Greek (1453-): Mole (αποσαφήνιση)
mole in French: Mole
mole in Dutch: Mol
mole in Russian: Крот (значения)
mole in Turkish: Mol
mole in Chinese: 摩尔

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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