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Mire \Mire\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mired (m[imac]rd); 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. Hence: To stick or entangle; to involve in difficulties; -- often used in the passive or predicate form; as, we got mired in bureaucratic red tape and it took years longer than planned.

  3. To soil with mud or foul matter.

    Smirched thus and mired with infamy.


vb. (en-past of: mire)


adj. entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mire; "the difficulties in which the question is involved"; "brilliant leadership mired in details and confusion" [syn: involved]


Contracted from the term micro reciprocal degree, the mired is a unit of measurement used to express color temperature. It is given by the formula:


where M is the mired value desired, and T is the color temperature in kelvin.

For convenience, decamireds are sometimes used, with each decamired equaling ten mireds. The SI unit is the reciprocal megakelvin (MK), shortened to mirek, but this term has not gained traction.

The use of the term mired dates back to Irwin G. Priest's observation in 1932 that the just noticeable difference between two illuminants is based on the difference of the reciprocals of their temperatures, rather than the difference in the temperatures themselves.

Usage examples of "mired".

Kin assailing three musk oxen, hunters and hunted mired deep in mud, trapped, doomed to die.

He was so mired in depression that he did not notice the woman until she called to him.

Some of the textures on the surface had a horrid, almost organic, beauty: bleached, wormlike tendrils of netting mired in the slick, reminding Peter of some animal’s diseased spoor.

Yellow dirt had mired with the blood on his cheeks and forehead, fitting him with a blotchy mask.

The smell of rust and crumbling plaster, the stink of decades-old pigeon shit, mired in his breathing.

She saw her face in a red mirror, a thin film of blood that had seeped out of the dark, a soft, inexorable tide that mired around her shoes.

Caravan trains crowded the crossing, the ones on what used to be ramps and the ones out in the swollen river hopelessly mired down.

The Betrullid had been broken, fleeing north along the coast, where the Shield Anvil well knew their horses would become mired in the salt marsh.

He stepped away from the mired wagon so suddenly that the team jerked back in distress.

But my mind was back with my father, mired in the stone with him, enduring his agony.

She had clambered up onto the block of stone that mired the dragon, and reached up to lay a hand on the girl's leg.

It would be a poor ending, would it not, to have come so far and sacrificed so much, to end only with a mired dragon?

He felt certain that all she wished from him was that he chop the dragon free of that which mired it.

She had clambered up onto the block of stone that mired the dragon, and reached up to lay a hand on the girl’s leg.