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mull1

[muhl] /mʌl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to study or ruminate; ponder.
verb (used with object)
2.
to think about carefully; consider (often followed by over):
to mull over an idea.
3.
to make a mess or failure of.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; perhaps identical with dial. mull to crumble, pulverize; see mull4
Synonyms
1. consider, weigh.

mull2

[muhl] /mʌl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to heat, sweeten, and flavor with spices for drinking, as ale or wine.
Origin
1610-20; origin uncertain

mull3

[muhl] /mʌl/
noun
1.
a soft, thin muslin.
Origin
1790-1800; earlier mulmul < Hindi malmal

mull4

[muhl] /mʌl/
verb (used with object), Metallurgy
1.
to mix (clay and sand) under a roller for use in preparing a mold.
Origin
1400-50; compare dial.: to crumble, pulverize, Middle English mollen, mullen, orig., to moisten, soften by wetting; see moil

Mull

[muhl] /mʌl/
noun
1.
an island in the Hebrides, in W Scotland. About 351 sq. mi. (910 sq. km).
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  • In the origin of our species, he mulls over the idea that it was population pressure that drove this change.
British Dictionary definitions for mulls

mull1

/mʌl/
verb
1.
(transitive) often foll by over. to study or ponder
Word Origin
C19: probably from muddle

mull2

/mʌl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to heat (wine, ale, etc) with sugar and spices to make a hot drink
Derived Forms
mulled, adjective
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

mull3

/mʌl/
noun
1.
a light muslin fabric of soft texture
Word Origin
C18: earlier mulmull, from Hindi malmal

mull4

/mʌl/
noun
1.
a layer of nonacidic humus formed in well drained and aerated soils Compare mor
Word Origin
C20: from Danish muld; see mould³

mull5

/mʌl/
noun
1.
(Scot) a promontory
Word Origin
C14: related to Gaelic maol, Icelandic múli

Mull

/mʌl/
noun
1.
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 and History for mulls

mull

v.

"ponder," 1873, perhaps from a figurative use of Middle English mullyn "grind to powder, pulverize," from molle "dust, ashes, rubbish" (c.1300), probably from Middle Dutch mul "grit, loose earth," related to mill (n.1). 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, of unknown origin, perhaps from Dutch mol, a kind of white, sweet beer, or from Flemish molle a kind of beer, and related to words for "to soften." Related: Mulled; mulling.

n.

"promontory" (in Scottish place names), late 14c., perhaps from Old Norse muli "a jutting crag, projecting ridge (between two valleys)," which probably is identical with muli "snout, muzzle." The Norse word is related to Old Frisian mula, Middle Dutch mule, muul, Old High German mula, German Maul "muzzle, mouth." Alternative etymology traces it to Gaelic maol "brow of a hill or rock," also "bald," from Old Celtic *mailo-s (cf. Irish maol, Old Irish máel, máil, Welsh moel).

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Encyclopedia Article for mulls

Mull

second largest island of the Inner Hebrides group, in the Argyll and Bute council area, historic county of Argyllshire, Scotland. Mull lies off the western coast of the Scottish mainland across the Sound of Mull and the Firth of Lorn. The island is mountainous-reaching an elevation of 3,169 feet (966 metres) at Ben More-and its coastline is deeply indented. Granite is quarried on Mull, and the island's limited farmland is predominantly devoted to sheep and cattle grazing. There are several ancient castles, including Aros and Duart. Tobermory, the largest settlement on Mull, was founded in 1788 as a fishing village. It is now a summer resort. Mull is connected to the mainland by ferry. Pop. (2001) 2,696.

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