—verb (used without object)
- to work hard; drudge.
- to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.
—verb (used with object)
- Archaic. to wet or smear.
- hard work or drudgery.
- confusion, turmoil, or trouble.
- Glassmaking. a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation.
- Mining. a short hand tool with a polygonal point, used for breaking or prying out rock.
"to labour in the mire" [Johnson], c.1400,possibly from O.Fr. mouiller "to wet,moisten," from V.L. *molliare, from L.molis "soft."
"Sometimes the moil of slogans and counter-slogans, facts and factoids, seems impenetrable, but as I learned more I came to suspect that both sides may be correct."
- Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created