[meer; Russian myeer]
noun, plural miri [meer-ee; Russian myee-ri] . Russian.
a village commune of peasant farmers in prerevolutionary Russia.
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Middle Irish.
Also, M.Ir.
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mir (mir)
n , pl miri
a peasant commune in prerevolutionary Russia
[literally: world]

Mir (mɪə)
the Russian (formerly Soviet) manned space station launched in February 1986 and scuttled in 2001
[C20: Russian: peace]

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Word Origin & History

space station, from Rus., lit. "peace, world," also "village, community," from O.C.S. miru "peace," from Proto-Slavic *miru "commune, joy, peace" ("possibly borrowed from Iranian" -Watkins), from PIE base *mei- "to bind" (see mitre). O.C.S. miru was "used in Christian terminology
as a collective 'community of peace' " [Buck], translating Gk. kosmos. Hence, "the known world, mankind."
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Middle Irish
microwave imaging radiometer
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in Russian history, a self-governing community of peasant households that elected its own officials and controlled local forests, fisheries, hunting grounds, and vacant lands. To make taxes imposed on its members more equitable, the mir assumed communal control of the community's arable land and periodically redistributed it among the households, according to their sizes (from 1720).

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Example sentences for mir
Onboard the mir space station, he controlled the docking procedures among other things.
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