morass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n morass a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Morass A tract of soft, wet ground; a marsh; a fen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n morass A tract of low, soft, wet ground the drainage of which is insufficient either from its depressed situation or from its uniform flatness; a marsh; a swamp; a bog; a fen.
    • n morass Synonyms Swamp, etc. See marsh.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Morass mo-ras′ a tract of soft, wet ground: a marsh
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. marras, mareis,perh. through D. moeras,), fr. F. marais, prob. from L. mare, sea, in LL., any body of water; but perh. influenced by some German word. See Mere a lake, and cf. Marsh
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. moeras, a marsh.

Usage

In literature:

I sobbed childishly, knowing myself doomed to die in this awful morass, drowned in an unnatural sea.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Passing the morass caused a delay of four or five days, as it could not be undertaken in a drenching rain which chanced then to be falling.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Proctor retreated through woods and morasses, upon the Thames, hotly pursued by Harrison.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
By day and by night, through fields and forest, swamp and morass, avoiding the sight of man the unhappy couple fled.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
Amid them are numerous swamps or morasses.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
He felt that he was finally touching sure ground in the morass through which he was floundering.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
Unfortunately the cart with the projectiles or shell, stuck in the morass and had to be left behind.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
Far as the eye could teach, swampy flats and inundated morasses filled the dreary prospect.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
The French were drawn up in a wide curve with morasses covering their front.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
In fact it helped; for we were covered with the worse than water of the morass.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
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In poetry:

Soon she will disappear
into the calm
vegetable
morass
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Shouting by the green morasses
Where the fairies dance at night,
Yelling 'mid the oak and birches
Come the beaters into sight.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
He took me in his strong white arms,
He bore me on his horse away
O'er crag, morass, and hairbreadth pass,
But never asked me yea or nay.
"Love From The North" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
From the Volga and the Don
He has led his armies on,
Over river and morass,
Over desert and mountain pass;
The Czar, the Orthodox Czar,
Batyushka! Gosudar!
"The White Czar. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Call to him, herons, as slowly you pass
To your roosts in the haunts of the exiled thrushes,
Sing him the song of the green morass;
And the tides that water the reeds and rushes.
"The Herons Of Elmwood. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To his thoughts the sacred name
Of his mother Astrid came,
And the tale she oft had told
Of her flight by secret passes
Through the mountains and morasses,
To the home of Hakon old.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf II. -- The King's Return" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Special master ordered to resolve UPMC, West Penn legal morass .
Vac's Thursday Whacks on the thickening Mets morass , the Nyets' new boss, and a refund on Landis' lies.
Eric Holder's Guantanamo Bay morass .
America's Cup Morass to Be Continued.
Group aims to sort out home networking morass .
Another customer service morass .
Qreview - film: Out of summer's morass comes 'Rush Hour 2'.
Obama does his best to avoid Petraeus morass .
A way out of California's water morass .
Is there anything you and I can do about the morass in Washington.
After Massachusetts disaster and health-care morass, Pelosi's speakership is on the line.
In the hands of CAS, a morass of data points ends up telling epic research stories, page by page.
Vac's Thursday Whacks on the thickening Mets morass, the Nyets' new boss, and a refund on Landis' lies.
The Incredible Vastness of Data In the hands of CAS, a morass of data points ends up telling epic research stories, page by page.
Pairing Facebook and privacy settings has often led to a morass and bad public relations.
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In science:

Green and I had tried unsuccessfully to compute the one-loop hexagon diagram in type I superstring theory using our supersymmetric light-cone gauge formalism, but this led to an impenetrable morass.
The Early Years of String Theory: A Personal Perspective
In other settings this can be overcome by making the partial order sufficiently homogeneous that generics containing particular master conditions can be constructed in any generic extension — see for example for the case of forcing gap-1 morasses to exist at every regular cardinal.
Large Cardinals and Definable Well-Orderings of the Universe
For example, there exist international pressures to surround our open-access databases in a morass of legal red tape, and we are poorly prepared to resist them (Norris, 2005).
Astronomical Data Management
What emerges from this morass of fragmentary and uncertain data is that radioactivity by itself could plausibly account for at least 60 percent, if not 100 percent, of the Earth’s heat output.
Geo-neutrinos and Earth's interior
Then it is possible to prove the existence of morasses.
Constructing new higher-gap morasses
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