[mer-kah-lee, mer-; Italian mer-kahl-lee] /mərˈkɑ li, mɛr-; Italian mɛrˈkɑl li/
a measure of earthquake intensity with 12 divisions ranging from I (felt by very few) to XII (total destruction).
a 12-point scale for expressing the intensity of an earthquake, ranging from 1 (not felt, except by few under favourable circumstances) to 12 (total destruction) Compare Richter scale See also intensity (sense 4)
A scale of earthquake intensity based on observed effects and ranging from I (detectable only with instruments) to XII (causing almost total destruction). It is named after the Italian seismologist Giuseppe Mercalli.
[mur-kuh n-teel, -tahyl, -til] /ˈmɜr kənˌtil, -ˌtaɪl, -tɪl/ adjective 1. of or relating to merchants or trade; commercial. 2. engaged in trade or commerce: a mercantile nation. 3. Economics. of or relating to the . /ˈmɜːkənˌtaɪl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of trade or traders; commercial 2. of or relating to mercantilism adj. […]
noun 1. . noun 1. an enterprise that collects and supplies information about the financial credit standing of individuals and enterprises
noun 1. . noun 1. another name for commercial paper
- Mercantile theory
noun an economic theory that having money constitutes wealth, esp. amassing wealth by exporting goods Word Origin created by Adam Smith