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mire

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noun \ˈmī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of mire

  • : thick and deep mud

Full Definition of mire

  1. 1 :  wet spongy earth (as of a bog or marsh)

  2. 2 :  heavy often deep mud or slush

  3. 3 :  a troublesome or intractable situation <found themselves in a mire of debt>

miry play \ˈmīr-ē\ adjective

Examples of mire

  1. The troops marched onward through the muck and the mire.

  2. <played on a football field that was thick with mire>



Origin of mire

Middle English, from Old Norse mȳrr; akin to Old English mōs marsh — more at moss


First Known Use: 14th century


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mire

verb

Definition of mire

miredmir·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause to stick fast in or as if in mire b :  to hamper or hold back as if by mire :  entangle

  3. 2 :  to cover or soil with mire

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to stick or sink in mire



Examples of mire

  1. <the sight of the standard, which had emerged from the battle mangled and mired, still stirred the soldiers' hearts>

  2. <the case has been mired in probate court for years>



15th Century

First Known Use of mire

15th century

Rhymes with mire


Medical Dictionary

mire

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noun \ˈmī(ə)r\

Medical Definition of mire

  1. :  any of the objects on the arm of an ophthalmometer that are used to measure astigmatism by the reflections they produce in the cornea when illuminated






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