• WordNet 3.6
    • v mud plaster with mud
    • v mud soil with mud, muck, or mire "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden"
    • n mud slanderous remarks or charges
    • n mud water soaked soil; soft wet earth
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Stuck in the Mud 141 Stuck in the Mud 141

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pigs have no sweat glands, which is why they stay in water or mud to keep cool
    • n Mud mŭd Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive.
    • Mud To bury in mud.
    • Mud To make muddy or turbid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pigs cannot sweat because they don't have sweat glands. Instead, they roll around in mud to keep cool.
    • n mud Moist and soft earth or earthy matter, whether produced by rains on the earthy surface, by ejections from springs and volcanoes, or by sediment from turbid waters; mire.
    • mud To bury in mud or mire; cover or bedaub with mud.
    • mud To make turbid or foul with dirt; stir the sediment in (liquors).
    • mud To go in or under the mud, for refuge or warmth, as does the eel.
    • mud To fill with mud or soft clay, as the crevices between the logs in a log house.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A black cow is a chocolate soda with chocolate ice cream. The term dates from the Roaring Twenties, although it also came to be used to describe a root beer float. Another term for a black cow was a mud fizz.
    • n Mud mud wet soft earth
    • v.t Mud to bury in mud: to dirty: to stir the sediment in, as in liquors; to bury in mud
    • v.i Mud to go under the mud like the eel
    • v.t Mud to dirty: to render dull:—pa.t. and pa.p. mud′died
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  • George Macdonald
    “You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water -- an inch deep and then the mud.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.”
  • Frederick Langbridge
    Frederick Langbridge
    “Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.”
  • Orson Welles
    “They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies.”
  • Leo Burnett
    Leo Burnett
    “When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.”


Clear as mud - If something is as clear as mud, then it is very confusing and unclear.
Mud in the fire - The things that cannot be changed in the past that we usually forget about are mud in the fire.
Mud in your eye - This is a way of saying 'cheers' when you are about to drink something, normally alcohol.
Mud-slinging - If someone is mud-slinging, they are insulting someone and trying to damage that person's reputation.
Stick-in-the-mud - A stick-in-the-mud is someone who doesn't like change and wants things to stay the same.
Your name is mud - If someone's name is mud, then they have a bad reputation.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to LG. mudde, D. modder, G. moder, mold, OSw. modd, mud, Sw. modder, mother, Dan. mudder, mud. Cf. Mother a scum on liquors


In literature:

They are quite at home there; and they will not fall into any creek or mud-hole, as the enemy would without a guide.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
The whole country side gathered there with carts and buckets, scraping up the mud and gold from the bottom.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
They do not know what mud is.
"Mud and Khaki" by Vernon Bartlett
At last we set off slowly, squelching through the mud on the wet roads, the rain pouring down unceasingly.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
After crossing the bridge, and getting well round among the palms, the hunter came upon a path well tracked into the mud.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
This mud looked treacherous, but it was the only way out; and so, after a pause for rest, he urged the pony on again.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The soldiers stood in circle in the mud of the field, the tall green-clad figure in their midst.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
That which is protected from the violence of the sea by banks of mud, gravel, sand, shingle, or silt.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
We'll have half a month of mud first, I suppose.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
You thinks you's plastered wid mud, but it ain't mud; it's real ol' luck.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley

In poetry:

The first time that they called on me,
I didn't have very much blood,
But all I had to my head did flee,
And I felt like social mud.
"Ajax' Bashfulness" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And we, with the souls that we have,
Go cheering the hunters on
To a prey with that pleading eye.
She cannot go into the mud!
She can stay like the snow, and die!
"The Ermine" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
"To walk four miles through mud and rain,
To spend the night in smoking,
And then to find that it's in vain -
And I've to do it all again -
It's really TOO provoking!
"Phantasmagoria Canto VI ( Dyscomfyture )" by Lewis Carroll
And One, long since a pillar of the Court,
As mud between the beams thereof is wrought;
And One who wrote on phosphates for the crops
Is subject-matter of his own Report.
"The Last Department" by Rudyard Kipling
Next Smedley dived; slow circles dimpled o'er
The quaking mud, that closed, and oped no more.
All look, all sigh, and call on Smedley lost;
'Smedley!' in vain, resounds through all the coast.
"The Dunciad: Book II." by Alexander Pope
The mind of the people is like mud,
From which arise strange and beautiful things,
But mud is none the less mud,
Though it bear orchids and prophesying Kings,
Dreams, trees, and water's bright bubblings.
"Talking With Soldiers" by Walter James Turner

In news:

Candidates can question each other's parentage, compare their opponents to farm animals and sling mud by the truckload in TV and radio spots.
This is the second time New Zealand mud snails have been found there.
You might not own every disc or have seen the band live, but you've probably caught a video on MTV for "Mr Krinkle" or "My Name Is Mud," or maybe you've caught one of bass player/singer Les Claypool's many side projects.
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Jumbo mud minnows are back in the tank.
We are starting to find jumbo mud minnows again.
Mud, Molasses & Hybrid Vehicles.
Sticks in mud have low velocity.
Roads and sidewalks were still caked with several inches of semi-dried mud by Friday morning.
At a recent concert in Little Rock, Arkansas a fan was throwing mud at the stage that Staind was playing on, but what he and myself didn't expect is Aaron Lewis absolutely goes off on the guy.
Oklahoma health nuts will get dirty next Saturday during an inaugural mud-running event in Mulhall.
UA crony and ex-magazine guy Trent McGee had no trouble hitting the rev limiter and powering through the mud.
Mud and mohawks as Tough Mudder approaches.
Mud on competitors and on spectators.
Mud on tattooed arms and legs.

In science:

The result shows that, at the accuracy reached in lattice determinations of the ratio ms/mud , the uncertainties due to the electromagnetic corrections is smaller than the systematic errors from other sources.
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics
Our average for ms/mud is based on the results of MILC 09A and RBC/UKQCD 10A – the value quoted by HPQCD 10 does not represent independent information as it relies on the result for ms/mud obtained by the MILC collaboration.
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics
The uncertainties in ms and mud associated with the heavy sea quarks cancel at least partly.
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics
The up and down sea quarks remain degenerate in their calculation, fixed to the value of mud obtained from Mπ0 .
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics
This indicates that, as in the case of ms/mud , the corrections to the leading order prediction are small.
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics