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mire

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noun \ ˈmī(-ə)r \

Definition of mire

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

miry

play \ˈmīr-ē\ adjective

Examples of mire in a Sentence

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of mire

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

mire Synonyms

Synonyms
guck (or gook), mud, muck, ooze, slime, slop, sludge, slush
Related Words
gumbo, silt; clay, dirt, gravel, humus, loam, sand, soil

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mire

verb

Definition of mire

mired; miring
transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of mire in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of mire from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of mire

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mire Synonyms



MIRE Defined for English Language Learners

mire

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noun

Definition of mire for English Language Learners

  • : thick and deep mud


MIRE Defined for Kids

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mire

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noun \ ˈmīr \

Definition of mire for Students

:heavy deep mud

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mire

verb

Definition of mire for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

mire

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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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