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mull

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mull reflect deeply on a subject "I mulled over the events of the afternoon","philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years","The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
    • v mull heat with sugar and spices to make a hot drink "mulled cider"
    • n Mull an island in western Scotland in the Inner Hebrides
    • n mull a term used in Scottish names of promontories "the Mull of Kintyre"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mull A promontory; as, the Mull of Cantyre.
    • Mull A snuffbox made of the small end of a horn.
    • n Mull mŭl A thin, soft kind of muslin.
    • n Mull An inferior kind of madder prepared from the smaller roots or the peelings and refuse of the larger.
    • n Mull Dirt; rubbish.
    • Mull To dispirit or deaden; to dull or blunt.
    • Mull To heat, sweeten, and enrich with spices; as, to mull wine. "New cider, mulled with ginger warm."
    • v. t Mull To powder; to pulverize.
    • v. i Mull To work (over) mentally; to cogitate; to ruminate; -- usually with over; as, to mull over a thought or a problem.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mull Dust; rubbish; dirt.
    • n mull Soft, crumbling soil.
    • n mull [⟨ mull, verb, 3.] A muddle; a mess; a failure: applied to anything that is involved or confused through mismanagement.
    • mull To reduce to dust; break into small pieces; crumb.
    • mull To rub, squeeze, or bruise.
    • mull To confuse; mix up; muddle; make a mess of.
    • n mull A cape or promontory: as, the mull of Galloway; the mull of Kintyre.
    • n mull A dialectal (Scotch) form of mill.
    • mull To heat and spice for drinking, as ale, wine, or the like; especially, to make into a warm drink, sweetened and spiced.
    • mull To boil or stew.
    • mull To stir; bustle; make a stir.
    • mull To work continuously at anything without making much progress; toil steadily and accomplish little; moil.
    • n mull Compare muley. Satyr against Hypocrites (1689).
    • mull To rain softly.
    • n mull A thin, soft kind of muslin used for dresses, trimmings, etc.: known as India mull, French mull, etc. Also mulmul, mullmull.
    • mull In leather manufacturing, to soften.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mull mul a muddle or mess
    • v.t Mull to break to pieces: to confuse, muddle
    • n Mull mul a promontory: a horn snuff-box.
    • n Mull mul a soft muslin
    • Mull Also Mul′mul
    • v.t Mull mul to warm, spice, and sweeten (wine, ale, &c.)
    • v.i Mull to toil on, moil: to bustle about
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Quotations

  • Peace Pilgrim
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    “Worry is a useless mulling over of things we cannot change.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. mūli, a snout, muzzle, projecting crag; or cf. Ir. & Gael. meall, a heap of earth, a mound, a hill or eminence, W. moel,. Cf. Mouth

Usage

In literature:

He mulled it over as he rode, his outer senses playing sentinels to his consciousness.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
In your next, address to George Borrow, Post Office, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland.
"Letters to his wife Mary Borrow" by George Borrow
We're in a rare mull this afternoon with those two young ladies in the house, and I can't do more than I said I would do.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
Jimmie and Bagg were then off Mad Mull.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
In one district of Mull, recently visited, I found that the nurse was also the village librarian.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Mull and Mr. Wallace.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848" by Various
In getting through the bars she dropped the mull overskirt and did not perceive her loss.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Allan of Mull, the best piper in the Isles, was only waiting her bidding to strike up.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
Mull, a regular, origin of the expression, 165.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
I promised Miss Pluma those white mulls should be sent over to her the first thing in the morning.
"Daisy Brooks" by Laura Jean Libbey
He mulled over it in his wakeful hours that night.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Here is a glass of mulled wine ready to our hand at the moment; and I say 'Uncle Scrooge!
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
I stood there for a long time, mulling the thing over.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
And here is the ale mulling lovely; smell of it; I'll take a drop myself, it smells so sweet.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Blaming myself, even as I did so, for the indiscretion, I embraced his proposal, and we were soon face to face over a tankard of mulled ale.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Ross of Mull, which I had now got upon, was rugged and trackless, like the isle I had just left; being all bog, and briar, and big stone.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Again, in the Isle of Mull in Scotland, in about 56-1/2deg N.
"Island Life" by Alfred Russel Wallace
What were you mulling over this morning?
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
It bore about the same relation to mulled wine which water-gruel has to pepper-pot.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
He decided to mull it over breakfast.
"Forsyte's Retreat" by Winston Marks
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In poetry:

Woe, woe on Annie's India mull,
And Sissy's blue percale!
One got that pup's belathered flanks,
And one his soapy tail!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Colonsay, Lismore, and Scarba,
Bute and Cumrae, Mull and Skye,
Arran, Jura, Lew's and Islay
Shouted then one battle-cry.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Bonny dead men on the sand, —
Dead and drowned on Morvern strand, —
Broken mast and battered hull, —
Glad the witches are in Mull!
Wind and wave are wild in Morvern.
"The Witch Of Mull" by Cicely Fox Smith
They spring from the heather, the broom and the wood,
And come with a rush like a gathering flood;
They come from Iona, from Mull and Tiree,
And other fair Islands far over the sea.
"Hail to Lochiel And Lovat" by Angus Cameron Robertson
"Witch of Mull, the strangers here
Come to wreak their vengeance drear:
Call the wind and call the wrack;
Drown them, drive them, beat them back!"
Wind and wave are wild in Morvern.
"The Witch Of Mull" by Cicely Fox Smith
We left the murk of Merseyside, we left the flaring town;
All smouldering red by Spanish Head the stormy sun went down;
We saw the lamp blink out and in the Mull o' Galloway,
And at dead of night to Rathlin Light a long good-bye did say —
"Rathlin Head" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Gov Murray, mulling run for governor, holds big fundraiser tonight.
Mulls blacklist for radical Syrian rebel group.
As the Obama administration mulls over how it will respond to the ballot measures that legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington, Sen Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is getting ready to turn up the heat on the issue on Capitol Hill.
Chavez Mulls Revamping Currency Controls as Bolivar Plunges.
Libya weapons a "continuing concern" for US as EU mulls sending military trainers to help bolster borders.
Booker mulls run for New Jersey governor.
Virtual schools boom, states mull warnings.
North Dakota Boom Town Mulls Moratorium on Oil Worker 'Man Camps'.
Metro mulls expanding urban growth boundary in Stafford.
Assembly to mull capital projects.
Task Force mulls Ostrander's role, hears presentation from Navarre.
QPR mulls move to bring in Beckham.
Governor mulls exempting the high-speed rail project by some environmental reviews.
MedPAC mulls 1% bump in hospital rates.
General Motors and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen are mulling combining their toxic assets.
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In science:

Finally, to declare a unique winner in every finite-time Mull er game we must exclude the case where there are two sets such that both sets hit score k at the same time.
Playing Muller Games in a Hurry
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