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 EnglishRelated formsun·mired, adjective
< Old Norse mȳrr
bog; cognate with Old English mēos moss
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British Dictionary definitions for unmired
a boggy or marshy area
mud, muck, or dirt
Derived Formsmiriness, nounmiry, adjective
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
C14: from Old Norse mӯrr; related to moss
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Word Origin and History for unmired
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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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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