Mire

Definition of Mire

Pronunciation: mīr
n.1.An ant.
1.Deep mud; wet, spongy earth.
He his rider from the lofty steed
Would have cast down and trod in dirty mire.
- Spenser.
Mire crow
(Zool.) the pewit, or laughing gull.
Mire drum
the European bittern.
v. t.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 stick or entangle; to involve in difficulties; - often used in the passive or predicate form; as, we got mired in bureaucratic red tape and it took years longer than planned.
3.To soil with mud or foul matter.
Smirched thus and mired with infamy.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To stick in mire.

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