Used to place emphasis upon something or someone; sometimes, but not always, when actually addressing a man.
A public data network that serves an entire metropolitan area, or perhaps a portion of a metropolitan area such as a city or a suburb, commonly serving to interconnect Local Area Networks (LANs). A number of carriers offer Metropolitan Ethernet services, for example. MANs can be interconnected across a Wide Area Network (WAN). See also LAN and WAN.
- In complete agreement; unanimously.
- With no exception:
They objected as one man.
- Independent in judgment and action.
- Without exception:
All were lost, to a man.
- in unison; unanimously
- to be free and independent
Origin of Man
From Middle English man, from Old English mann (“human being, person, man"), from Proto-Germanic *mann- (“human being, man"), probably from Proto-Indo-European *man- (“man") (compare also *men- (“mind")). Cognate with West Frisian man, Dutch man, German Mann (“man"), Norwegian mann (“man"), Old Swedish maþer (“man"), Swedish man, Russian муж (muž, “male person"), Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬥𐬱 (manuÅ¡), Sanskrit मनु (manu, “human being").
The verb is from Middle English mannen, from Old English mannian, Ä¡emannian (“to man, supply with men, populate, garrison"), from mann (“human being, man"). Cognate with Dutch mannen (“to man"), German mannen (“to man"), Swedish bemanna (“to man"), Icelandic manna (“to supply with men, man").
Middle English from Old English mann man-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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