mire

noun
\ ˈmī(-ə)r \

Definition of mire 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : wet spongy earth (as of a bog or marsh) the mire is relieved only by small stretches of open dry forestSaturday Review

2 : heavy often deep mud or slush The troops trudged onward through the mire.

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

mire

verb
mired; miring

Definition of mire (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stick fast in or as if in mire The car was mired in the muck.

b : to hamper or hold back as if by mire : entangle The company has been mired in legal problems.

2 : to cover or soil with mire his mired boots

intransitive verb

: to stick or sink in mire a road in which horses and wagons mired regularly —Edmund Arnold

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Other words from mire

Noun

miry \ˈmīr-ē \ adjective

Examples of mire in a Sentence

Noun

The troops marched onward through the muck and the mire. played on a football field that was thick with mire

Verb

the sight of the standard, which had emerged from the battle mangled and mired, still stirred the soldiers' hearts the case has been mired in probate court for years
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The deepening legal mire facing the President and the apparently looming military strike in Syria converged in Monday's stunning rant about his legal plight before a room full of top military brass. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Real-world consequences at stake in Trump's Russian roulette," 12 Apr. 2018 Laurent Koscielny has admitted that Arsenal are in the midst of a 'negative spiral' but backed his teammates to haul the club out of their current mire. SI.com, "Arsenal Star Admits Club Is Battling 'Negative Spiral' Ahead of AC Milan Showdown," 8 Mar. 2018 Here and Now, though, dives head-first into the mire of 2018. Jason Parham, WIRED, "The Fall of the TV Family in Trump's America," 28 Mar. 2018 But it has been dragged ever lower into the mire by Congressional special interests that are parochial in the extreme. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Mo Salah and Sadio Mane scored either side of half-time as Newcastle remained firmly entrenched in the relegation mire. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Angered by Newcastle Supporters Mocking Former Reds Captain in Anfield Defeat," 4 Mar. 2018 Newcastle surrendered a two-goal lead with ten minutes remaining at Bournemouth on Saturday, as Dan Gosling's 89th minute equaliser kept the Magpies firmly entrenched in the relegation mire. SI.com, "Newcastle Fans Slam Spanish Forward as 'Absolute Liability' Following Draw at Bournemouth," 25 Feb. 2018 Let their dusky forms, rise up, out the mires of James Island, and give the answer. Lily Rothman, Time, "Read the Letter a Black Civil War Soldier Wrote Asking Abraham Lincoln for Equal Pay," 12 Feb. 2018 But by the 1960s, native Australian dung beetles were struggling in the mire of sticky, non-native cow pats. Richard Jones, Smithsonian, "All Praise The Humble Dung Beetle," 10 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2014, the issue became especially contentious as arts organizations and auction houses, including Sotheby’s and Christie’s, became mired in political lobbying. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "California Tried to Give Artists a Cut. But the Judges Said No.," 11 July 2018 The designers behind the Dolce & Gabbana label have a reputation for getting mired in controversy. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Ashley Graham, Naomi Campbell Criticized for Walking Dolce & Gabbana Show After Selena Gomez Diss," 9 July 2018 Meanwhile, Rao had become mired in gambling debts — owing one casino some $75,000 — and his lab members accused him of mistreatment. Adam Marcus, BostonGlobe.com, "Retraction Watch: Fall from grace," 29 June 2018 But this discovery, published Thursday in Science, remains mired in a decades-old debate about the complexities of bone at the nanolevel. Angus Chen, Scientific American, "Core Strength: Extreme “Close Ups” May Help Explain Why Our Bones Are So Strong," 3 May 2018 The case dates back to 2015, long before Facebook became mired in controversy over revelations that millions of its users’ private information fell into the hands of British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Helenregan, Fortune, "Facebook's Photo-Scanning Suit Becomes a Multibillion-Dollar Threat," 16 Apr. 2018 The case dates back to 2015, long before Facebook became mired in controversy over revelations that millions of its users’ private information fell into the hands of British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Bloomberg.com, "Facebook Photo-Scanning Suit Is a Multibillion-Dollar Threat," 16 Apr. 2018 There Mitchell lived with his erratic wife, Martha, whose ravings would draw attention as Mitchell became mired in the Watergate scandal. Ray Locker, USA TODAY, "New book puts readers inside the Watergate, one of Washington's most notorious addresses," 19 Feb. 2018 Germany, which has just adopted plans to lift military spending to 1.5% of GDP by 2025, is already mired in a trade dispute with Washington, and diplomats acknowledge personal tensions between Mr. Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Pressures NATO Allies as He Heads to Summit," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of mire

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for mire

Noun

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

Verb

see mire entry 1

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mire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mire

: thick and deep mud

mire

noun
\ ˈmīr \

Kids Definition of mire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: heavy deep mud

mire

verb
mired; miring

Kids Definition of mire (Entry 2 of 2)

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

mire

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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