Mall (?), n. [Written also maul.] [OE. malle, F. mail, L. malleus. Cf. Malleus.]


A large heavy wooden beetle; a mallet for driving anything with force; a maul.



A heavy blow.




An old game played with malls or mallets and balls. See Pall-mall.



A place where the game of mall was played. Hence: A public walk; a level shaded walk.

Part of the area was laid out in gravel walks, and planted with elms; and these convenient and frequented walks obtained the name of the City Mall. Southey.


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Mall (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Malled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Malling.] [Cf. OF. mailler. See Mall beetle, and cf. Malleate.]

To beat with a mall; to beat with something heavy; to bruise; to maul.


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Mall (?), n. [LL. mallum a public assembly; cf. OHG. mahal assembly, transaction; akin to AS. maeel, meel, assembly, mlan to speak, Goth. mapl market place.]

Formerly, among Teutonic nations, a meeting of the notables of a state for the transaction of public business, such meeting being a modification of the ancient popular assembly

. Hence: (a)

A court of justice

. (b)

A place where justice is administered

. (c)

A place where public meetings are held.

Councils, which had been as frequent as diets or malls, ceased. Milman.

<-- 2. See MW10] (a) A public access area containing a promenade for pedestrians. (b) The paved or grassy strip between two roadways. (c) A shopping area with multiple shops and a concourse for predominantly or exclusively pedestrian use; inn cities the concourse is usually a city street which may be temporarily or permamently closed to motor vehicles; in suburban areas, a mall is often located on a convenient higbay, may be large, contained in one building or multiple buildings connected by (usually covered) walkways. -->


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