Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Mucronulate adjective Having, or tipped with, a small point or points.

Muculent adjective [ Latin muculentus , from mucus .] Slimy; moist, and moderately viscous.

Mucus (mū"kŭs) noun [ Latin mucus , muccus ; confer mucere to be moldy or musty, Greek my`xa mucus, and Sanskrit muc to release. Confer Match for striking fire, Moist , Mucilage .]
1. (Physiol.) A viscid fluid secreted by mucous membranes, which it serves to moisten and protect. It covers the lining membranes of all the cavities which open externally, such as those of the mouth, nose, lungs, intestinal canal, urinary passages, etc.

2. (Physiol.) Any other animal fluid of a viscid quality, as the synovial fluid, which lubricates the cavities of the joints; -- improperly so used.

3. (Botany) A gelatinous or slimy substance found in certain algæ and other plants.

Mucusin noun (Physiol. Chem.) Mucin. [ R.]

Mud noun [ Akin to LG. mudde , Dutch modder , German moder mold, OSw. modd mud, Swedish modder mother, Danish mudder mud. Confer Mother a scum on liquors.] Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive.

Mud bass (Zoology) , a fresh-water fish ( Acantharchum pomotis ) of the Eastern United States. It produces a deep grunting note. -- Mud bath , an immersion of the body, or some part of it, in mud charged with medicinal agents, as a remedy for disease. -- Mud boat , a large flatboat used in dredging. -- Mud cat . See Catfish . -- Mud crab (Zoology) , any one of several American marine crabs of the genus Panopeus . -- Mud dab (Zoology) , the winter flounder. See Flounder , and Dab . -- Mud dauber (Zoology) , a mud wasp. -- Mud devil (Zoology) , the fellbender. -- Mud drum (Steam Boilers) , a drum beneath a boiler, into which sediment and mud in the water can settle for removal. -- Mud eel (Zoology) , a long, slender, aquatic amphibian ( Siren lacertina ), found in the Southern United States. It has persistent external gills and only the anterior pair of legs. See Siren . -- Mud frog (Zoology) , a European frog ( Pelobates fuscus ). -- Mud hen . (Zoology) (a) The American coot ( Fulica Americana ) . (b) The clapper rail. - - Mud lark , a person who cleans sewers, or delves in mud. [ Slang] -- Mud minnow (Zoology) , any small American fresh-water fish of the genus Umbra , as U. limi . The genus is allied to the pickerels. -- Mud plug , a plug for stopping the mudhole of a boiler. -- Mud puppy (Zoology) , the menobranchus. -- Mud scow , a heavy scow, used in dredging; a mud boat. [ U.S.] -- Mud turtle , Mud tortoise (Zoology) , any one of numerous species of fresh-water tortoises of the United States. -- Mud wasp (Zoology) , any one of numerous species of hymenopterous insects belonging to Pepæus , and allied genera, which construct groups of mud cells, attached, side by side, to stones or to the woodwork of buildings, etc. The female places an egg in each cell, together with spiders or other insects, paralyzed by a sting, to serve as food for the larva. Called also mud dauber .

Mud transitive verb
1. To bury in mud. [ R.] Shak.

2. To make muddy or turbid. Shak.

Mudar noun [ Hind. madār .] (Botany) Either one of two asclepiadaceous shrubs ( Calotropis gigantea , and C. procera ), which furnish a strong and valuable fiber. The acrid milky juice is used medicinally.

Mudarin noun (Chemistry) A brown, amorphous, bitter substance having a strong emetic action, extracted from the root of the mudar.

Muddily adverb In a muddy manner; turbidly; without mixture; cloudily; obscurely; confusedly.

Muddiness noun
1. The condition or quality of being muddy; turbidness; foulness caused by mud, dirt, or sediment; as, the muddiness of a stream.

2. Obscurity or confusion, as in treatment of a subject; intellectual dullness.

Muddle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Muddled ; present participle & verbal noun Muddling .] [ From Mud .]
1. To make turbid, or muddy, as water. [ Obsolete]

He did ill to muddle the water.
L'Estrange.

2. To cloud or stupefy; to render stupid with liquor; to intoxicate partially.

Epicurus seems to have had brains so muddled and confounded, that he scarce ever kept in the right way.
Bentley.

Often drunk, always muddled .
Arbuthnot.

3. To waste or misuse, as one does who is stupid or intoxicated. [ R.]

They muddle it [ money] away without method or object, and without having anything to show for it.
Hazlitt.

4. To mix confusedly; to confuse; to make a mess of; as, to muddle matters; also, to perplex; to mystify. F. W. Newman.

Muddle intransitive verb
1. To dabble in mud. [ Obsolete] Swift.

2. To think and act in a confused, aimless way.

Muddle noun A state of being turbid or confused; hence, intellectual cloudiness or dullness.

We both grub on in a muddle .
Dickens.

Muddlehead noun A stupid person. [ Colloq.] C. Reade. -- Mud"dle-head`ed , adjective [ Colloq.] Dickens.

Muddler noun One who, or that which, muddles.

Muddy adjective [ Compar. Muddier ; superl. Muddiest .]
1. Abounding in mud; besmeared or dashed with mud; as, a muddy road or path; muddy boots.

2. Turbid with mud; as, muddy water.

3. Consisting of mud or earth; gross; impure.

This muddy vesture of decay.
Shak.

4. Confused, as if turbid with mud; cloudy in mind; dull; stupid; also, immethodical; incoherent; vague.

Cold hearts and muddy understandings.
Burke.

Dost think I am so muddy , so unsettled.
Shak.

5. Not clear or bright. Swift.

Muddy transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Muddied ; present participle & verbal noun Muddying .]
1. To soil with mud; to dirty; to render turbid.

2. Fig.: To cloud; to make dull or heavy. Grew.

Muddy-headed adjective Dull; stupid.

Muddy-mettled adjective Dull- spirited. Shak.

Mudfish noun (Zoology) (a) The European loach. (b) The bowfin. (c) The South American lipedosiren, and the allied African species ( Protopterus annectens ). See Lipedosiren . (d) The mud minnow.

Mudhole noun
1. A hole, or hollow place, containing mud, as in a road.

2. (Steam Boilers) A hole near the bottom, through which the sediment is withdrawn.

Mudir noun Same as Moodir .

Mudsill noun The lowest sill of a structure, usually embedded in the soil; the lowest timber of a house; also, that sill or timber of a bridge which is laid at the bottom of the water. See Sill .

Mudsill noun Fig.: A person of the lowest stratum of society; -- a term of opprobrium or contempt. [ Southern U. S.]

Mudsucker noun (Zoology) A woodcock.

Mudwall noun (Zoology) The European bee-eater. See Bee-eater . [ Written also modwall .]

Mudwort noun (Botany) A small herbaceous plant growing on muddy shores ( Limosella aquatica ).

Mue (mū) intransitive verb To mew; to molt. [ Obsolete] Quarles.

Muezzin (mu*ĕz"zĭn) noun [ Arabic ] A Mohammedan crier of the hour of prayer. [ Written also mouezzin , mueddin , and muwazzin .]

Muff (mŭf) noun [ Confer LG. muff , Dutch mof , G., Dan., & Swedish muff , French moufle mitten, Late Latin muffula , Middle High German mouwe sleeve, Dutch mouw , and English muffle , v.]
1. A soft cover of cylindrical form, usually of fur, worn by women to shield the hands from cold.

2. (Mech.) A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object, as a pipe.

3. (Glass Manuf.) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.

4. [ Perhaps a different word; confer Prov. English maffle to slammer.] A stupid fellow; a poor-spirited person. [ Colloq.] "A muff of a curate." Thackeray.

5. [ See 4.] (Baseball) A failure to hold a ball when once in the hands.

6. (Zoology) The whitethroat. [ Prov. Eng.]

Muff transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Muffed ; present participle & verbal noun Muffing .] To handle awkwardly; to fumble; to fail to hold, as a ball, in catching it.

Muffetee noun A small muff worn over the wrist. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Muffin noun [ From Muff .] A light, spongy, cylindrical cake, used for breakfast and tea.

Muffineer noun A dish for keeping muffins hot.

Muffish adjective [ See Muff , 4 & 5.] Stupid; awkward. [ Colloq.]

Muffle (mŭf"f'l) noun The bare end of the nose between the nostrils; -- used esp. of ruminants.

Muffle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Muffled ; present participle & verbal noun Muffling .] [ Confer French moufle a mitten, Late Latin muffula , OD. moffel a muff. See Muff .]
1. To wrap up in something that conceals or protects; to wrap, as the face and neck, in thick and disguising folds; hence, to conceal or cover the face of; to envelop; to inclose; -- often with up . South.

The face lies muffled up within the garment.
Addison.

He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes.
Dryden.

Muffled up in darkness and superstition.
Arbuthnot.

2. To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen.

3. To wrap with something that dulls or deadens the sound of; as, to muffle the strings of a drum, or that part of an oar which rests in the rowlock.

Muffle intransitive verb [ Confer French maffle , mumble , Dutch moffelen .] To speak indistinctly, or without clear articulation.

Muffle noun [ French moufle , prop., a mitten, from the resemblance in shape. See Muffle , transitive verb , Muff .]
1. Anything with which another thing, as an oar or drum, is muffled; also, a boxing glove; a muff.

2. (Metal.) An earthenware compartment or oven, often shaped like a half cylinder, used in furnaces to protect objects heated from the direct action of the fire, as in scorification of ores, cupellation of ore buttons, etc.

3. (Ceramics) A small oven for baking and fixing the colors of painted or printed pottery, without exposing the pottery to the flames of the furnace or kiln.

4. A pulley block containing several sheaves. Knight.

Muffler noun
1. Anything used in muffling; esp., a scarf for protecting the head and neck in cold weather; a tippet.

Fortune is painted blind, with a muffler above her eyes.
Shak.

2. (Mus.) A cushion for terminating or softening a note made by a stringed instrument with a keyboard.

3. A kind of mitten or boxing glove, esp. when stuffed.

4. One who muffles.

Muffler noun (Machinery) Any of various devices to deaden the noise of escaping gases or vapors, as a tube filled with obstructions, through which the exhaust gases of an internal-combustion engine, as on an automobile, are passed (called also silencer ).

Muflon noun (Zoology) See Mouflon .

Mufti noun ; plural Muftis . [ Arabic mufti .] An official expounder of Mohammedan law.

Mufti noun Citizen's dress when worn by a naval or military officer; -- a term derived from the British service in India. [ Colloq. Eng.]

Mug noun [ Confer Ir. mugam a mug, mucog a cup.]
1. A kind of earthen or metal drinking cup, with a handle, -- usually cylindrical and without a lip.

2. The face or mouth. [ Slang] Thackeray.

Muggard adjective [ Confer German mucker a sulky person, muckish sullen, peevish, mucken to mutter, grumble.] Sullen; displeased. [ Obsolete]

Mugger noun Also Mug"gar Mug"gur [ Hind. magar , from Sanskrit makara sea monster.] The common crocodile ( Crocodilus palustris ) of India, the East Indies, etc. It becomes twelve feet or more long.

Mugget noun The small entrails of a calf or a hog.

Mugginess noun The condition or quality of being muggy.