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Glossary of ringing terms – M

Last updated on: 29-December-2016

Words or phrases underlined are defined within the glossary. Where it assists with clarity, a definition is annotated to indicate a part of speech. (n) = noun, (vb) = verb, (adj) = adjective, (adv) = adverb. Section references refer to sections within The Tower Handbook.  


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M
Abbreviation for middle, a calling position.
Maiden bell
A bell that has not been tuned following casting, and by implication acceptably in tune.
Major
The stage name for methods with eight working bells
Make
(eg 'make 3rds' or just '3rds') Ring two blows in (eg 3rds) place and continue with whatever follows. In a right place method you reverse direction after the place. In a wrong place method you may continue in the same direction. See figure 15.2-4
Make the bob
Make the place which distinguishes the bob from a plain lead. eg 'make the bob' means fourths in Plain Bob based methods, or two from the back in Stedman, Double Norwich etc.
Make the single
Make the place which distinguishes the single from a bob, eg 'make the single' means thirds in Plain Bob based methods (between hunting down and up), one from the back in Stedman and long thirds in Grandsire.
Marlin spike
A tapered metal tool used to separate the strands of rope when splicing. Also spelt marlinspike. See also fid.
Master
Ringing master
Max
Maximus
Maximus
The stage name for methods with twelve working bells
Meeting
(1) 'Ringing meeting'. Gathering of ringers from different towers for the purpose of collective practice. Normally organised by a guild, association or branch.
(2) 'Business meeting'. Formal activity as part of above to conduct business.
Method
(1) A specific sequence of changes that forms a round block. Current (2015) Central Council Decisions require methods to have trueplain courses and to be divisible into two or more leads. Most methods are:
- Treble dominated - so the sequence repeats N-1 times where N is the stage of the method. In twin hunt methods this is N-2.
- Symmetrical - so the repeating unit folds back on itself, ie the second half lead is a mirror image of the first. In twin hunt methods, the point of symmetry is moved by one row, at least in the plain course.
(2) (Now obsolete) A method that is not a principle. Common usage has always treated a principle as a type of method and the official definition is now in line with this.
Method group
Group of methods that share the same lead order. Each group is allocated a letter, as described here, but are also referred to in terms of a well known method within the group, eg 'Cambridge Group'.
Method ringing
A general term to describe change ringing as opposed to call change ringing. See also scientific.
Middle
(1) The calling position where the observation bell (normally the tenor) is two below the highest working position at the lead head. See also definition 3 below.
(2) The calling position that affects the three bells one later in the coursing order than a Home. This is identical to the definition above for even bell methods, but not for odd bell methods where there are differences of opinion. It is advisable to check which is intended. See also Wrong.
(3) 'In the middle'. Work away from the back or front, particularly in Minor where it refers to work in 3-4.
Mini ring
A ring of small bells. There is no agreed definition of how small. The Mini Ring Directory defines a mini ring as either one in private ownership with a tenor weighing under ~2.5 cwt or one in public ownership with a tenor weighing under ~1cwt (some weigh only a few pounds). Some mini rings are portable.
Minimus
The stage name for methods with four working bells.
Minor
The stage name for methods with six working bells.
Miss
Absence of a dodge in a portion of blue line which mainly consists of treble dodging. See also run through.
Miscall
Miss out, add in or mis-time, a call when conducting.
Moulding wires
Lines cast into a bell, running round it. In medieval times they were made by wires used to hold the pattern together but they have continued as decorative features.
Mouth
Flared open end of bell.
Movement
(of a tower or bell frame) All towers sway very slightly in response to the forces of swinging bells, but when the movement is excessive, or when the bell frame moves within the tower, the bells are difficult to ring, unpredictably dropping (or occasionally) rising.
Muffle
A pad (usually leather) fitted to a clapper to soften the sound when it strikes the bell. See half muffle).
Music
The presence and nature of musical rows in a composition. eg 'There is not much music in it', 'It is very musical', 'What sort of music does it produce?'.
Musical
A row which sounds pleasing. Composers differ in their interpretation. Most accept: named rows, near misses, CRUs, runs off the front or back and rounds between rows as musical.
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