- a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh.
- ground of this kind, as wet, slimy soil of some depth or deep mud.
- to plunge and fix in mire; cause to stick fast in mire.
- to involve; entangle.
- to soil with mire; bespatter with mire.
- to sink in mire or mud; stick.
Origin of mire
- 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
Word Origin for mire
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.
- 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.