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mud

[muhd]
noun
1.
wet, soft earth or earthy matter, as on the ground after rain, at the bottom of a pond, or along the banks of a river; mire.
2.
Informal. scandalous or malicious assertions or information: The opposition threw a lot of mud at our candidate.
3.
Slang. brewed coffee, especially when strong or bitter.
4.
a mixture of chemicals and other substances pumped into a drilling rig chiefly as a lubricant for the bit and shaft.
verb (used with object), mudded, mudding.
5.
to cover, smear, or spatter with mud: to mud the walls of a hut.
6.
to stir up the mud or sediment in: waders mudding the clear water.
verb (used without object), mudded, mudding.
7.
to hide in or burrow into mud.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English mudde, mode < Middle Low German mudde. Cf. mother2

unmudded, adjective
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mud (mʌd)
 
n
1.  a fine-grained soft wet deposit that occurs on the ground after rain, at the bottom of ponds, lakes, etc
2.  informal slander or defamation
3.  informal clear as mud not at all clear
4.  drag someone's name in the mud to disgrace or defame someone
5.  informal here's mud in your eye a humorous drinking toast
6.  informal someone's name is mud someone is disgraced
7.  informal throw mud at, sling mud at to slander; vilify
 
vb , muds, mudding, mudded
8.  (tr) to soil or cover with mud
 
[C14: probably from Middle Low German mudde; compare Middle High German mot swamp, mud, Swedish modd slush]

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Word Origin & History

mud
c.1300, cognate with and probably from M.L.G. mudde, M.Du. modde "thick mud," from P.Gmc. *mud- from PIE *meu-/*mu-, found in many words denoting "wet" or "dirty" (cf. Gk. mydos "damp," Pol. mul "slime," Skt. mutra- "urine," Avestan muthra- "excrement, filth"); related to Ger. schmutz "dirt," which
also is used for "mud" to avoid dreck, which originally meant "excrement." Replaced native fen (It., Sp. fango, Fr. fange are Gmc. loan-words). Meaning "lowest or worst of anything" is from 1580s. As a word for "coffee," it is hobo slang from 1925. To throw or hurl mud "make disgraceful accusations" is from 1762. To say (one's) name is mud and mean "(one) is discredited" is first recorded 1823, from mud in obsolete sense of "a stupid twaddling fellow" (1708).
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Slang Dictionary

MUD

/muhd/ n. [acronym, Multi-User Dungeon; alt. Multi-User Dimension]
1. A class of virtual reality experiments accessible via the Internet. These are real-time chat forums with structure; they have multiple `locations' like an adventure game, and may include combat, traps, puzzles, magic, a simple economic system, and the capability for characters to build more structure onto the database that represents the existing world.
2. vi. To play a MUD. The acronym MUD is often lowercased and/or verbed; thus, one may speak of `going mudding', etc.

Historically, MUDs (and their more recent progeny with names of MU- form) derive from a hack by Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw on the University of Essex's DEC-10 in the early 1980s; descendants of that game still exist today and are sometimes generically called BartleMUDs. There is a widespread myth (repeated, unfortunately, by earlier versions of this lexicon) that the name MUD was trademarked to the commercial MUD run by Bartle on British Telecom (the motto: "You haven't _lived_ 'til you've _died_ on MUD!"); however, this is false -- Richard Bartle explicitly placed `MUD' in the public domain in 1985. BT was upset at this, as they had already printed trademark claims on some maps and posters, which were released and created the myth.

Students on the European academic networks quickly improved on the MUD concept, spawning several new MUDs (VAXMUD, AberMUD, LPMUD). Many of these had associated bulletin-board systems for social interaction. Because these had an image as `research' they often survived administrative hostility to BBSs in general. This, together with the fact that Usenet feeds were often spotty and difficult to get in the U.K., made the MUDs major foci of hackish social interaction there.

AberMUD and other variants crossed the Atlantic around 1988 and quickly gained popularity in the U.S.; they became nuclei for large hacker communities with only loose ties to traditional hackerdom (some observers see parallels with the growth of Usenet in the early 1980s). The second wave of MUDs (TinyMUD and variants) tended to emphasize social interaction, puzzles, and cooperative world-building as opposed to combat and competition (in writing, these social MUDs are sometimes referred to as `MU*', with `MUD' implicitly reserved for the more game-oriented ones). By 1991, over 50% of MUD sites were of a third major variety, LPMUD, which synthesizes the combat/puzzle aspects of AberMUD and older systems with the extensibility of TinyMud. In 1996 the cutting edge of the technology is Pavel Curtis's MOO, even more extensible using a built-in object-oriented language. The trend toward greater programmability and flexibility will doubtless continue.

The state of the art in MUD design is still moving very rapidly, with new simulation designs appearing (seemingly) every month. Around 1991 there was an unsuccessful movement to deprecate the term MUD itself, as newer designs exhibit an exploding variety of names corresponding to the different simulation styles being explored. It survived. See also bonk/oif, FOD, link-dead, mudhead, talk mode.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
MUD
  1. multiuser dimension

  2. multiuser domain

  3. multiuser dungeon

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