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, miring.
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, miring.
to sink in mire or mud; stick.

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

unmired, adjective
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mire (maɪə)
1.  a boggy or marshy area
2.  mud, muck, or dirt
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]

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Word Origin & History

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)
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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