mire


1mire

noun \ˈmī(-ə)r\

: thick and deep mud

Full Definition of MIRE

1
:  wet spongy earth (as of a bog or marsh)
2
:  heavy often deep mud or slush
3
:  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

Synonyms
guck (or gook), mud, muck, ooze, slime, slop, sludge, slush

Other Geology Terms

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

2mire

verb
miredmir·ing

Definition of MIRE

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

mire

noun \ˈmī(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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