noun \ˈmī(-ə)r\

: thick and deep mud

Full Definition of MIRE

:  wet spongy earth (as of a bog or marsh)
:  heavy often deep mud or slush
:  a troublesome or intractable situation <found themselves in a mire of debt>
miry \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

Related to MIRE

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale



Definition of MIRE

transitive verb
a :  to cause to stick fast in or as if in mire
b :  to hamper or hold back as if by mire :  entangle
:  to cover or soil with mire
intransitive verb
:  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>

First Known Use of MIRE

15th century

Rhymes with MIRE

MIRIER Defined for Kids


noun \ˈmīr\

Definition of MIRE for Kids

:  heavy deep mud



Definition of MIRE for Kids

:  to stick or cause to become stuck in or as if in heavy deep mud <A wagon was mired in the swamp.>
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈmī(ə)r\

Medical Definition of MIRE

:  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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