from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for an aerosol used to immobilize an attacker temporarily. This trademark often occurs in print in uppercase or lowercase as a verb and a noun: "shouted at police after he was Maced when he rushed the fence” ( David Shepardson).

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  • proper n. A brand of tear gas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A chemical preparation containing tear gas in a solvent, packaged in the form of a spray, and used to temporarily incapacitate people, such as rioters or criminals, by causing intense eye and skin irritation; also called chemical mace. It is designed to be a non-lethal weapon for defending against violent people.


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  • Most "Mace" sold today by Mace Security International uses pepper spray rather than tear gas, as CN gas is illegal in many countries.

    March 31, 2011