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See also: móil
- To toil, to work hard.
- 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Plantations:
- Moil not too much underground, for the hope of mines is very uncertain, and useth to make the planters lazy in other things..
- 1693, John Dryden, “Tenth Satire of Juvenal”, in Juvenal and Persius:
- Now he must moil and drudge for one he loathes.
- 1849, Charles Kingsley, Alton Locke's Song:
- Why for sluggards cark and moil?
- 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.
- (intransitive) To churn continually; to swirl.
- 1952, Ralph Ellison, chapter 23, in Invisible Man:
- A crowd of men and women moiled like nightmare figures in the smoke-green haze.
- (UK, transitive) To defile or dirty.
- Hard work.
- 1928, Harry Lauder, chapter VII, in Roamin' in the Gloamin',:
- I finally decided, my heart was really in my singing rather than in the drab, hardy soul- searing toil and moil of a collier's existence.
- Confusion, turmoil.
- 1948, Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead, Part I, Chapter 5:
- Croft no longer saw anything clearly; he could not have said at that moment where his hands ended and the machine gun began; he was lost in a vast moil of noise out of which individual screams and shouts etched in his mind for an instant.
- 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.
- (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.
- (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).
- (glassblowing) The metallic oxide from a blowpipe which has adhered to a glass object.
From Proto-Tai *ʰmwɯjᴬ (“bear”). Cognate with Thai หมี (mǐi), Northern Thai ᩉ᩠ᨾᩦ, Lao ໝີ (mī), Lü ᦖᦲ (ṁii), Tai Dam ꪢꪲ, Shan မီ (mǐi), Ahom 𑜉𑜣 (mī), Zhuang mui, Nong Zhuang mue. Compare Old Chinese 羋 (). *meʔ
- bear (animal)
- genitive of