moil

[moil]
verb (used without object)
1.
to work hard; drudge.
2.
to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.
verb (used with object)
3.
Archaic. to wet or smear.
noun
4.
hard work or drudgery.
5.
confusion, turmoil, or trouble.
6.
Glassmaking. a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation.
7.
Mining. a short hand tool with a polygonal point, used for breaking or prying out rock.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English moillen to make or get wet and muddy < Middle French moillier < Vulgar Latin *molliāre, derivative of Latin mollis soft

moiler, noun
moilingly, adverb
unmoiled, adjective
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moil (mɔɪl)
 
vb
1.  to moisten or soil or become moist, soiled, etc
2.  (intr) to toil or drudge (esp in the phrase toil and moil)
 
n
3.  toil; drudgery
4.  confusion; turmoil
 
[C14 (to moisten; later: to work hard in unpleasantly wet conditions) from Old French moillier, ultimately from Latin mollis soft]
 
'moiler
 
n

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moil
"to labour in the mire" [Johnson], c.1400, possibly from O.Fr. mouiller "to wet, moisten," from V.L. *molliare, from L. molis "soft."
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MOIL
Marine Operations and Instrumentation Laboratory
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