Definitions for: Mire


[n] a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
[v] soil with mud, muck, or mire; "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden"
[v] be unable to move further; "The car bogged down in the sand"
[v] cause to get stuck as if in a mire; "The mud mired our cart"
[v] entrap; "Our people should not be mired in the past"



Webster (1913) Definition: Mire, n. [AS. m[=i]re, m?re; akin to D. mier, Icel.
maurr, Dan. myre, Sw. myra; cf. also Ir. moirbh, Gr. ?.]
An ant. [Obs.] See Pismire.


Mire, n. [OE. mire, myre; akin to Icel. m?rr swamp, Sw.
myra marshy ground, and perh. to E. moss.]
Deep mud; wet, spongy earth. --Chaucer.

He his rider from the lofty steed Would have cast down
and trod in dirty mire. --Spenser.

Mire crow (Zo["o]l.), the pewit, or laughing gull. [Prov.
Eng.]

Mire drum, the European bittern. [Prov. Eng.]


Mire, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mired; p. pr. & vb. n.
Miring.]
1. To cause or permit to stick fast in mire; to plunge or fix
in mud; as, to mire a horse or wagon.

2. To soil with mud or foul matter.

Smirched thus and mired with infamy. --Shak.


Mire, v. i.
To stick in mire. --Shak.

Synonyms: bog down, entangle, get stuck, morass, muck, muck up, mud, quagmire

See Also: begrime, bemire, bog, colly, dirty, get stranded, grime, involve, peat bog, run aground, soil, stand still

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