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Definition of mess:

  1. A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it.
  2. A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table; as, the wardroom mess.
  3. A number of things of the same kind, ordinarily used or classed together; a collection of articles which naturally complement each other, and usually go together; an assortment; a suit; as, a set of chairs, of china, of surgical or mathematical instruments, of books, etc.
  4. A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; as, a mess of pottage; also, the food given to a beast at one time.
  5. A set of four; - from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.
  6. Mass; church service.
  7. The milk given by a cow at one milking.
  8. To make a mess of; to disorder or muddle; to muss; to jumble; to disturb.
  9. To supply with a mess.
  10. To take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat ( with others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers.


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