mire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mire soil with mud, muck, or mire "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden"
    • v mire be unable to move further "The car bogged down in the sand"
    • v mire cause to get stuck as if in a mire "The mud mired our cart"
    • v mire entrap "Our people should not be mired in the past"
    • n mire a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
    • n mire a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from "the country is still trying to climb out of the mire left by its previous president","caught in the mire of poverty"
    • n mire deep soft mud in water or slush "they waded through the slop"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mire mīr An ant.
    • n Mire Deep mud; wet, spongy earth. "He his rider from the lofty steed
      Would have cast down and trod in dirty mire ."
    • Mire To cause or permit to stick fast in mire; to plunge or fix in mud; as, to mire a horse or wagon.
    • Mire To soil with mud or foul matter. "Smirched thus and mired with infamy."
    • v. i Mire To stick in mire.
    • Mire To stick or entangle; to involve in difficulties; -- often used in the passive or predicate form; as, we got mired in bureaucratic red tape and it took years longer than planned.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mire Wet, slimy soil of some depth and of yielding consistence; deep mud.
    • n mire Filth.
    • mire To plunge and fix in mire; set or stall in mud; sink in mud or in a morass.
    • mire To soil or daub with slimy mud or foul matter.
    • mire To sink in mud; especially, to sink so deep as to be unable to move forward; stick in the mud.
    • n mire An ant. See pismire.
    • mire To wonder; admire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mire mīr deep mud
    • v.t Mire to plunge and fix in mire: to soil with mud
    • v.i Mire to sink in mud
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. mīre, mȳre,; akin to D. mier, Icel. maurr, Dan. myre, Sw. myra,; cf. also Ir. moirbh, Gr. my`rmhx

Usage

In literature:

Often they must help the horses drag the guns through the mire.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
In winter they have to face the mire and rain.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
And thus we can take our first trembling step out of the mire.
"The Silent Isle" by Arthur Christopher Benson
He was a kindly man, who had pulled many an ass out of the mire of confusion.
"By Advice of Counsel" by Arthur Train
Hence to Quoin Point (Coin-de-Mire) the coast has no sinuosities.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
In the foreground a farm wagon almost axle deep in mud, the mire dripping from the slow-turning wheels as the man flogs the horses.
"Letters of Travel (1892-1913)" by Rudyard Kipling
Anon he came upon Busy and Toogood painfully trudging in the mire, and singing lustily to keep themselves cheerful and warm.
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
The mire-holes were getting deeper and deeper; for the weather was showery.
"Vandemark's Folly" by Herbert Quick
I found mire and bush, and many obstacles.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
Here was no poverty, but the shiftlessness of a sot, trampling good things into the mire!
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers
No other way can do this; but will leave us in the mire, ere ever we come to the end of our journey.
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
His horse got mired in a swamp with the pursuers close behind.
"Hero Tales of the Far North" by Jacob A. Riis
Knee-deep in its mire, bare-legged Indians and booted men drove piles for the superstructure of a new pier.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
Woman is clay longing to become mire.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The river was high, and his mules quickly mired down in the quicksand.
"An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)" by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
She will be in the mire, and I shall be Comtesse de Forzheim!
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
He dipped his pen in mire.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
It was made to ford rivers, plunge through quicksands and wallow through bog, mire, mud, marsh and snow.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
To the consternation and disgust of the Legitimists, the heroine of La Vendee dropped from her pedestal and sank into the mire.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
While the pursuers struggled in the mire and aimed wildly through the pelting haze, the British rearguard raced for safety.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
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In poetry:

Thus oft at eve a wandering Fire
Misleads the swain thro' bog and mire,
Withdraws at once its dazzling light,
And leaves him to the howling night.
"Love And Wisdom: A Vision" by Robert Alves
There were the god pursues the flying maid,
Where springs the reed of Pan from out the mire,
The Life eternal hath its furrows laid,
And wakens the All-Father's mystic choir.
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
The sleepy kine move round me in desire
And press their oozy lips upon my hair,
Toads kiss my feet and creatures of the mire,
The snails will leave their shells to watch me there.
"Beauty Accurst" by Richard Le Gallienne
- Rain came down drenchingly; but we unblenchingly
Trudged on beside them through mirk and through mire,
They stepping steadily—only too readily! -
Scarce as if stepping brought parting-time nigher.
"The Going Of The Battery [Wive's Lament November 2nd 1899]" by Thomas Hardy
O hearts that are restless, O hearts that repine,
Knowledge; of all sorrows and of all dreams is mire.
With a song of dim longing and of lost delight
I will catch at your heart-strings in the dark of the night.
"The Piper" by Cicely Fox Smith
'Twas in vain I said: "'Tis here it springs,
Though no more it leaps and no more it sings;"
And I thought of a poet whose songs I knew
Of morning made and shining dew--
I remembered the mire of the marshes too.
"The Source" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

When Kate Middleton walked down the aisle and into the British Royal Family last year, she lifted the spirits of nation mired in economic gloom.
Mosque mired in controversy opens doors.
LONDON— Mired in doubt about its future, the British Broadcasting Corporation is marking the 90th anniversary of its first transmission.
Mired in doubt about its future, the British Broadcasting Corporation is marking the 90th anniversary of its first transmission.
Bengals back to a familiar place for the franchise: Mired in season-scuttling slump.
Indian state's industrial dream mired in delays, protests.
A Monument to Roosevelt, on the Eve of Dedication, Is Mired in a Dispute With Donors.
Bill to add wilderness areas in Tennessee mired in politics.
Jets mired in a mess of their own making.
Mismanagement keeps Indians mired in rut.
The Bank of England advertises for a governor for the first time in its history, but with the economy mired in recession, critics say only "superhumans" need apply.
Mother of Kyser Miree's killer takes plea bargain in witness threat case.
Muck and the Mires "Hamburg Time".
Greenest' block contest mired in muck .
Reproduction of mule deer in North Dakota appears to be mired at record-low levels.
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In science:

However the LZF can be understood using simple undergraduatelevel physics, without getting mired in complicated mathematics.
A simple approach to the Landau-Zener formula
Paradoxically, this has also limited our ability to fully exploit the unique conditions to conduct front-line science, as much of our thinking is mired by pre-conceptions gleaned from the survival tales of the heroic age.
Astronomy in Antarctica
The performance of three contemporary facilities is also plotted against METIS: the Giant Magellan Telescope’s MIISE;19 the Thirty Meter Telescope’s MIRES; and MIRI on board JWST.5 For MIRES no published sensitivities were found, and we adopted the METIS sensitivities at a high & dry site scaled to a 30-m aperture.
Mid-infrared astronomy with the E-ELT: Performance of METIS
Figure 2 shows how METIS’ imaging performance is comparable though somewhat better than that of its contemporary instruments on GMT and TMT; in certain parts of the spectrum MIRES would benefit from the high & dry location of the TMT.
Mid-infrared astronomy with the E-ELT: Performance of METIS
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