mire

[mahyuhr]
noun
1.
a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh.
2.
ground of this kind, as wet, slimy soil of some depth or deep mud.
verb (used with object), mired, miring.
3.
to plunge and fix in mire; cause to stick fast in mire.
4.
to involve; entangle.
5.
to soil with mire; bespatter with mire.
verb (used without object), mired, miring.
6.
to sink in mire or mud; stick.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse mȳrr bog; cognate with Old English mēos moss

unmired, adjective
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mire (maɪə)
 
n
1.  a boggy or marshy area
2.  mud, muck, or dirt
 
vb
3.  to sink or cause to sink in a mire
4.  (tr) to make dirty or muddy
5.  (tr) to involve, esp in difficulties
 
[C14: from Old Norse mӯrr; related to moss]
 
'miriness
 
n
 
'miry
 
adj

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mire
c.1300, from O.N. myrr "bog, swamp," cognate with O.E. mos "bog" (see moss). The verb is first attested c.1400 in the figurative sense of "to involve in difficulties." Related: Mired; miring.
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mire (mēr)
n.
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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Example sentences
Deeper in the mire.
Electronic databases of "eligible voters" are another potential mire.
The deeper we sank into the mire of reality, the higher you rose into the cool
  reaches of fantasy.
They slowly climbed out of the mire through a little sacrifice and a lot of
  planning.
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