1 [muhl]
verb (used without object)
to study or ruminate; ponder.
verb (used with object)
to think about carefully; consider (often followed by over ): to mull over an idea.
to make a mess or failure of.

1815–25; perhaps identical with dial. mull to crumble, pulverize; see mull4

1. consider, weigh. Unabridged


2 [muhl]
verb (used with object)
to heat, sweeten, and flavor with spices for drinking, as ale or wine.

1610–20; origin uncertain


4 [muhl]
verb (used with object) Metallurgy.
to mix (clay and sand) under a roller for use in preparing a mold.

1400–50; compare dial.: to crumble, pulverize, Middle English mollen, mullen, orig., to moisten, soften by wetting; see moil Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
mull1 (mʌl)
vb (often foll by over)
to study or ponder
[C19: probably from muddle]

mull2 (mʌl)
(tr) to heat (wine, ale, etc) with sugar and spices to make a hot drink
[C17: of unknown origin]

mull3 (mʌl)
a light muslin fabric of soft texture
[C18: earlier mulmull, from Hindi malmal]

mull4 (mʌl)
Compare mor a layer of nonacidic humus formed in well drained and aerated soils
[C20: from Danish muld; see mould³]

mull5 (mʌl)
(Scot) a promontory
[C14: related to Gaelic maol, Icelandic múli]

Mull (mʌl)
a mountainous island off the west coast of Scotland, in the Inner Hebrides, separated from the mainland by the Sound of Mull. Chief town: Tobermory. Pop: 2667 (2001). Area: 909 sq km (351 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

"ponder," 1873, perhaps ult. from M.E. mullyn "grind to powder, pulverize," from molle "dust, ashes, rubbish," probably from M.Du. mul "grit, loose earth," related to mill. But Webster's (1879) defined it as "to work steadily without accomplishing much," which may connect it to earlier identical word
in athletics sense of "to botch, muff" (1862). Related: Mulled; mulling.

"sweeten, spice and heat a drink," c.1600, perhaps from Du. mol, a kind of white, sweet beer, or from Flem. molle a kind of beer. Related: Mulled; mulling.

"promontory" (in Scottish place names), late 14c., perhaps from O.N. muli "a jutting crag, projecting ridge (between two valleys)," which probably is identical with muli "snout, muzzle." The O.N. word is related to O.Fris. mula, M.Du. mule, muul, O.H.G. mula, Ger. Maul "muzzle, mouth." Alternative etymology
traces it to Gael. maol "brow of a hill or rock," also "bald," from O.Celt. *mailo-s (cf. Ir. maol, O.Ir. máel, máil, Welsh moel).
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Example sentences
On each card, write a short description of one of the things you are mulling
  over doing next year.
When he is awake at two in the morning, mulling over the physics of wheel
  diameter and axle size, he is fifty-six.
After two votes against joining the euro, the government is mulling a third
Now, other airlines are mulling mergers as a way of cutting costs to offset
  high fuel expenses.
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