(noun, verb)


1. (trademark) a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization

Definition categories: substance, chloroacetophenone

2. an official who carries a mace of office

Similar word(s): macer

Definition categories: person, functionary, official

3. spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed

Definition categories: food, spice

4. a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority

Definition categories: communication, staff


1. To hit someone or something with a mace.

2. To spray in defense or attack with mace (pepper spray, or, tear gas) using a hand-held device.

3. (informal) To spray a similar noxious chemical in defense or attack using an available hand-held device such as an aerosol spray can.