\ ˈməl How to pronounce mull (audio) \
mulled; mulling; mulls

Definition of mull

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to grind or mix thoroughly : pulverize mull a portion of the pigment with the oil— H. J. Wolfe
2 : to consider at length : ponder often used with overmulled over his choicesIt's a fine offer, but we need time to mull it over.

intransitive verb

: meditate, ponder all his talk of mulling and weighing and balancing was vacillation— J. P. Marquand
mulled; mulling; mulls

Definition of mull (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

: to heat, sweeten, and flavor (a beverage, such as wine or cider) with spices

Definition of mull (Entry 3 of 5)

: a soft fine sheer fabric of cotton, silk, or rayon

Definition of mull (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : friable forest humus that forms a layer of mixed organic matter and mineral soil and merges gradually into the mineral soil beneath
2 : a finely powdered solid especially in a suspension


geographical name
\ ˈməl How to pronounce Mull (audio) \

Definition of Mull (Entry 5 of 5)

island of western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides area 351 square miles (913 square kilometers), population 1499

First Known Use of mull

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

1618, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1778, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mull

Verb (1)

Middle English, from mul, mol dust, probably from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English melu meal — more at meal

Verb (2)

origin unknown

Noun (1)

by shortening & alteration from mulmul muslin, from Hindi malmal

Noun (2)

Danish muld, from Old Norse mold dust, soil; akin to Old High German molta dust, soil — more at mold entry 5

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“Mull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mull. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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\ ˈməl How to pronounce mull (audio) \
mulled; mulling

Kids Definition of mull

: to think about slowly and carefully : ponder I thought of the words. I mulled them over in my mind.— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
\ ˈməl How to pronounce mull (audio) \

Medical Definition of mull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to grind or mix thoroughly (as in a mortar) : pulverize the alloy, after removal from the amalgamator, was mulled in the palm of the handJournal of American Dental Association



Medical Definition of mull (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soft fine sheer fabric of cotton, silk, or rayon
2 : an ointment of high melting point intended to be spread on muslin or mull and used like a plaster zinc mull

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