Mire crow(Zoöl.), the pewit, or laughing gull. [Prov. Eng.] — Mire drum, the European bittern. [Prov. Eng.]

(Mire), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Miring.]

1. To cause or permit to stick fast in mire; to plunge or fix in mud; as, to mire a horse or wagon.

2. To soil with mud or foul matter.

Smirched thus and mired with infamy.

(Mire), v. i. To stick in mire. Shak.

(Mi*rif"ic Mi*rif"ic*al) a. [L. mirificus; mirus wonderful + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See -fy.] Working wonders; wonderful.

(Mi*rif"i*cent) a. Wonderful. [Obs.]

(Mir"i*ness) n. The quality of being miry.

(Mirk) a. [See Murky.] Dark; gloomy; murky. Spenser. Mrs. Browning.

Miraculize to Miscast

(Mi*rac"u*lize) v. t. To cause to seem to be a miracle. [R.] Shaftesbury.

(Mi*rac"u*lous) a. [F. miraculeux. See Miracle.]

1. Of the nature of a miracle; performed by supernatural power; effected by the direct agency of almighty power, and not by natural causes.

2. Supernatural; wonderful.

3. Wonder-working. "The miraculous harp." Shak.

Mi*rac"u*lous*ly, adv.Mi*rac"u*lous*ness, n.

(Mir`a*dor") n. [Sp., fr. mirar to behold, view. See Mirror.] (Arch.) Same as Belvedere.

(Mi`rage") n. [F., fr. mirer to look at carefully, to aim, se mirer to look at one's self in a glass, to reflect, to be reflected, LL. mirare to look at. See Mirror.] An optical effect, sometimes seen on the ocean, but more frequently in deserts, due to total reflection of light at the surface common to two strata of air differently heated. The reflected image is seen, commonly in an inverted position, while the real object may or may not be in sight. When the surface is horizontal, and below the eye, the appearance is that of a sheet of water in which the object is seen reflected; when the reflecting surface is above the eye, the image is seen projected against the sky. The fata Morgana and looming are species of mirage.

By the mirage uplifted the land floats vague in the ether,
Ships and the shadows of ships hang in the motionless air.

(Mir"bane) n. See Nitrobenzene.

(Mire) n. [AS. mire, myre; akin to D. mier, Icel. maurr, Dan. myre, Sw. myra; cf. also Ir. moirbh, Gr. my`rmhx.] An ant. [Obs.] See Pismire.

(Mire), n. [OE. mire, myre; akin to Icel. myrr swamp, Sw. myra marshy ground, and perh. to E. moss.] Deep mud; wet, spongy earth. Chaucer.

He his rider from the lofty steed
Would have cast down and trod in dirty mire.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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