moil

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English mollen (to soften by wetting), borrowed from Old French moillier with the same meaning, from Latin mollia panis (soft part of bread), from mollis (soft), from the Proto-Indo-European root 'mel-', 'soft'.

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moil (third-person singular simple present moils, present participle moiling, simple past and past participle moiled)

  1. To toil, to work hard.
    • Francis Bacon
      Moil not too much under ground.
    • Dryden
      Now he must moil and drudge for one he loathes.
    • 1907, Robert W. Service, “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, in The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses:
      There are strange things done in the midnight sun
            By the men who moil for gold;
      The Arctic trails have their secret tales
            That would make your blood run cold;
      The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
            But the queerest they ever did see
      Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
            I cremated Sam McGee.
  2. To churn continually.
  3. (Britain, transitive) To defile or dirty.

Noun[edit]

moil (countable and uncountable, plural moils)

  1. Hard work.
  2. Confusion, turmoil.
  3. A spot; a defilement.
    • 1856, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh:
      You'd suppose
      A finished generation, dead of plague,
      Swept outward from their graves into the sun,
      The moil of death upon them.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Hebrew 'mohel', מוהל (ritual circumciser), referring to the foreskin-like shape of the unwanted rim.

Noun[edit]

moil (plural moils)

  1. (glassblowing) The glass circling the tip of a blowpipe or punty, such as the residual glass after detaching a blown vessel, or the lower part of a gather.
  2. (glassblowing, blow molding) The excess material which adheres to the top, base, or rim of a glass object when it is cut or knocked off from a blowpipe or punty, or from the mold-filling process. Typically removed after annealing as part of the finishing process (e.g. scored and snapped off).
  3. (glassblowing) The metallic oxide from a blowpipe which has adhered to a glass object.
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Bouyei[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Tai *ʰmwɯjᴬ (bear). Cognate with Thai หมี (mǐi), Northern Thai ᩉ᩠ᨾᩦ, Lao ໝີ (), ᦖᦲ (ṁii), Tai Dam ꪢꪲ, Shan မီ (mii1), Ahom 𑜉𑜣 (mii), Zhuang mui. Compare Old Chinese (OC *meʔ).

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moil

  1. bear (animal)

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moil m

  1. Genitive of mol.