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 Dictionary entry overview: What does MA mean? 

MA (noun)
  The noun MA has 4 senses:

1. informal terms for a mother
2. a master's degree in arts and sciences
3. one thousandth of an ampere
4. a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies

  Familiarity information: MA used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

MA (noun)

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Informal terms for a mother

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


mummy; mommy; momma; mom; mamma; mama; ma; mammy; mum

Hypernyms ("ma" is a kind of...):

female parent; mother (a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother))



A master's degree in arts and sciences

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


Artium Magister; Master of Arts; AM; MA

Hypernyms ("MA" is a kind of...):

master's degree (an academic degree higher than a bachelor's but lower than a doctor's)

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One thousandth of an ampere

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure


milliampere; mA

Hypernyms ("mA" is a kind of...):

current unit (a measure of the amount of electric charge flowing past a circuit point at a specific time)

Holonyms ("mA" is a part of...):

A; amp; ampere (the basic unit of electric current adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites)



A state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position


Old Colony; Massachusetts; Bay State; MA

Instance hypernyms:

American state (one of the 50 states of the United States)

Meronyms (parts of "MA"):

Cape Cod Canal (a canal connecting Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay)

Plymouth (a town in Massachusetts founded by Pilgrims in 1620)

Salem (a city in northeastern Massachusetts; site of the witchcraft trials in 1692)

Williamstown (a town in northwestern Massachusetts)

Berkshire Hills; Berkshires (a low mountain range in western Massachusetts; a resort area)

Charles; Charles River (a river in eastern Massachusetts that empties into Boston Harbor and that separates Cambridge from Boston)

Housatonic; Housatonic River (a river that rises in western Massachusetts and flows south through Connecticut to empty into Long Island Sound)

Merrimack; Merrimack River (a river that rises in south central New Hampshire and flows through Concord and Manchester into Massachusetts and empties into the Atlantic Ocean)

Taconic Mountains (a range of the Appalachian Mountains long the eastern border of New York with Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont)

Cape Cod (a Massachusetts peninsula south of Boston extending into the Atlantic; a popular resort area)

Cape Ann (a Massachusetts peninsula north of Boston extending into the Atlantic Ocean)

Worcester (an industrial and university city in central Massachusetts west of Boston)

Bean Town; Beantown; Boston; capital of Massachusetts; Hub of the Universe (state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services)

Cambridge (a city in Massachusetts just north of Boston; site of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Concord (town in eastern Massachusetts near Boston where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought)

Gloucester (a town in northeastern Massachusetts on Cape Ann northeast of Boston; the harbor has been a fishing center for centuries)

Lexington (town in eastern Massachusetts near Boston where the first battle of the American Revolution was fought)

Medford (town in northeastern Massachusetts; residential suburb of Boston)

Pittsfield (a town in western Massachusetts)

Springfield (a city and manufacturing center in southwestern Massachusetts on the Connecticut River)

Domain member region:

Concord; Lexington; Lexington and Concord (the first battle of the American Revolution (April 19, 1775))

Holonyms ("MA" is a part of...):

New England (a region of northeastern United States comprising Maine and New Hampshire and Vermont and Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Connecticut)

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