[mahyuh r]


a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh.
ground of this kind, as wet, slimy soil of some depth or deep mud.

verb (used with object), mired, mir·ing.

to plunge and fix in mire; cause to stick fast in mire.
to involve; entangle.
to soil with mire; bespatter with mire.

verb (used without object), mired, mir·ing.

to sink in mire or mud; stick.

Origin of mire

1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse mȳrr bog; cognate with Old English mēos moss
Related formsun·mired, adjective
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Examples from the Web for miring

Historical Examples of miring

  • We found many wet places but no signs of swamps, nor danger of miring.

  • It didn't seem at all necessary to harrow her with the story of Ingerson's miring in the drink demoniac's morass.

    Pirates' Hope

    Francis Lynde

  • For, beyond watching the river to keep the cattle from miring in the mud lately released from frost grip, there was nothing to do.

    Rowdy of the Cross L

    B.M. Sinclair, AKA B.M. Bower

  • Canello was so afraid of miring in the soft ground that it was hard to get him across some places that seemed quite innocent.

    A-Birding on a Bronco

    Florence A. Merriam

British Dictionary definitions for miring



a boggy or marshy area
mud, muck, or dirt


to sink or cause to sink in a mire
(tr) to make dirty or muddy
(tr) to involve, esp in difficulties
Derived Formsmiriness, nounmiry, adjective

Word Origin for mire

C14: from Old Norse mӯrr; related to moss
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Word Origin and History for miring



c.1300, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse myrr "bog, swamp"), from Proto-Germanic *miuzja- (cf. Old English mos "bog, marsh"), from PIE *meus- "damp" (see moss).



c.1400, in figurative sense of "to involve in difficulties," from mire (n.). Literal sense is from 1550s. Related: Mired; miring.

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miring in Medicine




Any of the test objects on the arm of a keratometer whose image, as reflected on the curved surface of the cornea, is used in calculating the amount of astigmatism.
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