from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The body of Judaic tradition relating to correct textual reading of the Hebrew scriptures.
- n. The critical notes made on manuscripts of the Hebrew scriptures before the tenth century, which embody this tradition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Jewish critical work on the text of the Hebrew Scriptures, composed by several learned rabbis of the school of Tiberias, in the eighth and ninth centuries.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The tradition by which Jewish scholars endeavored to fix the correct text of the Old Testament, so as to preserve it from all corruption.
- n. After the ninth century, the book, or the marginal notes to the Hebrew text, in which the results of such tradition are preserved, embodying the labor of several centuries.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a vast body of textual criticism of the Hebrew Scriptures including notes on features of writing and on the occurrence of certain words and on variant sources and instructions for pronunciation and other comments that were written between AD 600 and 900 by Jewish scribes in the margins or at the end of texts
Hebrew māsôrâ, from māsar, to hand over; see msr in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)