quagmire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quagmire a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quagmire Soft, wet, miry land, which shakes or yields under the feet. "A spot surrounded by quagmires , which rendered it difficult of access."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quagmire Soft, wet, boggy land that trembles under the foot; a marsh; a bog; a fen.
    • n quagmire Synonyms Slough, Bog, etc. See marsh.
    • quagmire To entangle or sink in or as in a quagmire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quagmire kwag′mīr wet, boggy ground that yields under the feet
    • v.t Quagmire to entangle, as in a quagmire
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Quake, + mire,

Usage

In literature:

Much trampling had converted the spot into a quagmire.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
We journey over arid plains, we flounder in treacherous quagmires.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
They found the soil, when wet, to be a quagmire and when dry to be possible of cultivation only with dynamite.
"A Stake in the Land" by Peter Alexander Speek
I've just struggled and waded my way out of one quagmire; I do not wish to enter another.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
But the bourgeois women will not succeed in pulling themselves out of the quagmire by their own topknots.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
They know too well the danger of the quagmires.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Malcolm, who preceded me, once or twice plunged into quagmires, through which I followed, until I was almost spent.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume III" by Various
A wise racer keeps to the course for which he has been trained, and never ventures into the quagmires beyond.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
They pried the wagon out and got it started, only to sink again in another quagmire a few hundred yards further on.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
At the bottom of the hill a creek crossing the road made a deep, wide quagmire.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
Parker was floundering in a quagmire of confused explanations.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
By much trampling we had made it a mere quagmire.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
Remained then only the possibility of a dark tragedy of unavailing love, and the odious quagmire of scandal.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
It often keeps us from following untried paths that open out alluring but end in thickets or quagmires.
"The Library and Society" by Various
Roads were quagmires where travellers slipped and laboured through viscid mud and over icy fords.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
He would help this child out of the quagmire of poverty, and give her, in a small way, a chance.
"Rodman the Keeper" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Unacquainted with this new vocation he soon swamped in the quagmire of adversity.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
There was a crust of dried mud on the top and a quagmire below.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
The roads, cut up by heavy traffic, were turned to quagmires.
"The Iron Division, National Guard of Pennsylvania, in the World War" by H. G. Proctor
But heavy rain turned the Trail into a quagmire.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
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In news:

Budget quagmire revealed by Social Security disability program.
Syria's quagmire points to eventual foreign intervention.
The most realistic scenario in Syria is quagmire : Assad still has loyalty.
All eyes on Lakers' cable quagmire .
Good Politics at Home, But a Quagmire Abroad The Nation.
Behind the nation's debt quagmire .
Obama's quagmire : Israel and the U.N. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2011.
The writer is addressing the question, "Will Afghanistan become a quagmire in 2010.".
Into the Quagmire A study of American and Vietnamese attitudes that eventually led to the war.
Caught in the Whitewater Quagmire .
The tort reform quagmire : A problem for everyone.
Alaska's oil decline leads us toward quagmire .
But now, it may have a legal quagmire on its hands as well.
The quagmire has even forced some carting companies to slash jobs.
ATLANTA — The battle over how the region would spend $6.14 billion to fix metro Atlanta's transportation quagmire is in full roar.
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In science:

The blob represents an incalculable quagmire of technifermions and technigluons.
Technicolor Signals at the LHC
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