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▪ What this really means, of course, is still as clear as mud.
▪ It was terrible weather, stormy and wet, with deep mud in the streets.
▪ But Antley let his horse settle in third and wait for the leaders to tire in the deep mud.
▪ Outside, the rain Courses in cart-ruts down the deep mud lane.
▪ The upper path was deep in mud: the lower one was now a stream.
▪ The very sturdy rootstock is embedded deep in the mud.
▪ The man spun round so swiftly that George was taken aback and tripped, falling on to the soft mud.
▪ The soft new mud automatically eliminated the need for plowing and fertilization.
▪ It is also a very useful rig for fishing over soft mud and weed.
▪ They followed the stream, their feet quiet on the soft mud, the boot soles leaving patterns in damp places.
▪ Heavy rain clouds gathered and the roads next morning were clogged with thick, heavy mud.
▪ She landed flat on her face in thick mud.
▪ Some are very inaccessible and he has to wade through thick mud to get at them.
▪ The fallen clothes were as difficult to wade through as thick mud.
▪ Hundreds of fans at the Reading Rock Festival were stuck with their cars and vans in thick mud last night.
▪ There was thick mud underfoot; it stuck to the soles of her shoes.
▪ As he stumbled around the far side of the breakwater, the hard sand was replaced by thick mud.
▪ However, even disintegrated mud brick can help to assess rebuilding phases in Penivian villages or Near Eastern tells.
▪ Even today many members of these tribes live in multi-occupation dwellings made from sun-dried mud bricks known as adobe.
▪ Archaeologists found it in a boat-shaped tomb 29m long, made out of mud bricks and buried deep in the sand.
▪ The ground was covered with crumbling mud bricks, heaps of cracked white stone.
▪ Sea-birds, like snowflakes, turned lazily far out over the mud flats ....
▪ It is one of merged meadowlands ending in the great saltings and mud flats and tidal pools near the restless sea.
▪ In some areas, such as a Donna Nook and Theddlethorpe, the sand and mud flats are incredibly vast.
▪ It is, in fact a large, dusty mud flat.
▪ Wading birds collect great quantities of small molluscs from sandbanks and mud flats when the tide retreats.
▪ Cardiff was, of course, built on mud flats, and nature takes a long time to change.
▪ If the mud flats freeze over, it is impossible for them to find sufficient food.
▪ At Grangemouth docks were dug out of the mud flats.
▪ To our western eyes as he stood in his raggy, holed clothes in front of his mud hut he would appear very poor.
▪ Cataracts launched them downriver before they had time to think; waves like mud huts threw them eight feet into the air.
▪ In a mud hut on an endless plain, she sorted through the bones of unrecognizable animals.
▪ Its architecture consists of round, thatched mud huts set off by straw fences.
▪ The geography of evil: tunnels and bamboo thickets and mud huts and graves.
▪ The mud hut that calls itself a hospital contains nothing but flies.
▪ Kamilo said her mud hut had been entered just a few days earlier by thieves who stole her only bedsheet.
▪ The largest of them, Rocinha, somehow houses 60,000 people in tiny shacks that are regularly engulfed in mud slides.
▪ Have you ever seen mud slide?
▪ It was cold, too, an icy wind sneaking in through the thatch and through gaps in the mud wall.
▪ This study should generate precise data about the thermal characteristics of mud walls.
▪ They had strengthened structurally weak areas around doors and windows with layers of fired bricks set into the mud walls.
▪ The evidence suggests that almost all the village houses in earlier days were built of dried mud with thatched roofs.
▪ She and her husband and six children are struggling to build a one-room mud hut on the grounds of the camp.
▪ In common with other members of the swallow family, house martins build elaborate mud nests precariously slung beneath the eaves of a house.
▪ Flamingos build nest mounds of mud and lay but one egg.
▪ Once more the three men buried themselves in the mud and waited until another passing cloud allowed them to advance a few more yards.
▪ His feet were bare: his trainers were still buried in the mud.
▪ Usually the plant has its rootstock deeply buried in the mud or tank medium.
▪ They can bury themselves in mud during droughts and live in a cocoon made out of mucus from their skin.
▪ The hand was caked in mud, the fingers hooked into a claw.
▪ The left side of her face is caked with bloodied mud.
▪ She took the can in her gloved hand, which was caked in black mud.
▪ At noon, Ron Malcolm appeared at the door, wearing boots caked with dried mud and a red baseball cap.
▪ His boots were still caked with mud, but they could wait.
▪ Bodies caked in mud, the rescuers gather for a debriefing session; up sound.
▪ Movie sniper Jude Law and Rachel Weisz are covered in mud but still have their sights set on desire.
▪ Anne was not hurt, but her hands, face and overcoat were covered with mud.
▪ She was soaked and covered in mud, her dress torn in several places.
▪ He was sitting in a new white Jensen sports car that was covered in mud, with a sensational blonde, sensational.
▪ When everywhere and everything seems covered in mud - especially your horse - it's hard to keep up appearances.
▪ He too was covered in mud and green dirt, but the features that they almost concealed were boyishly pleasant.
▪ As little girls returned covered in dust and mud a parental boycott developed.
▪ The ground was covered with crumbling mud bricks, heaps of cracked white stone.
▪ Killion and Richards, half undressed and filthy, were carrying Church; his feet were dragging in the mud.
▪ He tried to drag himself through the mud but he only sank more deeply into it.
▪ Anaximenes noticed that when river-beds dry up, the mud cracks.
▪ They are about as strong as dried clods of mud.
▪ A list of names and numbers was painted on a board, nailed into the dried mud of the hut.
▪ Wall of dried mud, a roof of interlaced palm leaves and the only entrance a low door...
▪ Beam of light on my fingers, white with dried mud.
▪ Jeri and I thrashed ahead, following subsidiary ruts in the dried mud, and then tire marks in the grass.
▪ At noon, Ron Malcolm appeared at the door, wearing boots caked with dried mud and a red baseball cap.
▪ At one time, the space between the timbers would have been filled with mud and straw.
▪ Now imagine the room is filled with mud.
▪ But as ships have become larger and the rivers have filled with mud and silt, their functions as ports have declined.
▪ In the police cells the Masai warrior, Tepilit, lies on the mud floor.
▪ Four I-beams lay criss-crossed in the mud.
▪ For Fedorov was still supposed to believe him to be lying in the mud at the bottom of the Danube.
▪ We bailed out, they took off, and I was lying in the mud.
▪ He looked down and saw his colleague still lying in the mud, not daring to move.
▪ He just lay silent in the mud and glared at Mr Linley.
▪ Yes, there was certainly a figure lying in the mud.
▪ But a piece of bread lying in almost liquid mud will demand a more prolonged cleaning process.
▪ The pharaohs lived in mud palaces but were buried in monumental stone edifices.
▪ They lived in mud houses without electricity or water, revelling in the glory of the mission.
▪ Some bacteria that live in mud on Earth use chains of magnetite as tiny compasses to determine which way is up.
▪ Tubifex are very thin, long red aquatic larvae which live in the mud of slow flowing rivers and ponds.
▪ Teresa scraped the mud off her boots, then stepped out of them.
▪ Finally I took a flat rock and got down on all fours and scraped the mud off each wheel.
▪ She scraped the mud away and revealed a piece of scrimshaw.
▪ Then I scraped the mud off again, and we drove another revolution.
▪ Implexion had stood in the mud of the canyon, the pathetic tents being demolished around him by his militia.
▪ But he saw her standing in the mud, feet apart, rope in hand.
▪ If he'd gone right down, he'd have stuck in the mud, and been out of the tide.
▪ I was stuck in the mud, and so was every-body else, and we were trying to get out.
▪ One day while sailing down the Mississippi the Diamond Joe became stuck in mud.
▪ But then it turned to mud - horrible stuff that sucked at my feet, and stank.
▪ Its entire purpose is somehow to turn mud into a cement-like material - a material with a multi-national answer to housing problems.
▪ The rain had also turned the city to mud, not the usual red mud but a curious purple shade.
▪ Roads were turned to mud by days of rain and Fiorio had the additional hardship of a bubbling radiator to contend with.
▪ The rain which would turn their campground to mud, and fill the cisterns of Famagusta.
as clear as mud
▪ Joe's directions are as clear as mud.
▪ What this really means, of course, is still as clear as mud.
drag sb's name through the mud
sb's name is mud
▪ a mud hut
▪ Hayley scraped the dried mud off her boots.
▪ Remove mud from your bike by spraying with a hose.
▪ Their expensive riding jackets were covered in mud.
▪ There's mud all over the carpet.
▪ But he saw her standing in the mud, feet apart, rope in hand.
▪ Cultivation: A medium containing plenty of mud or clay or detritus is essential.
▪ Flora and I were walking through the palm grove, on mud paths between tiny squares of pale green barley.
▪ He swung his legs over the fence, but his right boot got caught and he tumbled into the mud.
▪ I felt the mud under my hands, then quickly took a pinch into my mouth.
▪ The crumbled porcelain of a third lay embedded like fossilized prehistoric remains long entombed in silt and mud.
▪ The posies of corn had been trampled in the mud.
▪ The tide was making, although the boats still rested on the mud.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mud \Mud\, v. t.

  1. To bury in mud. [R.]

  2. To make muddy or turbid.


Mud \Mud\ (m[u^]d), n. [Akin to LG. mudde, D. modder, G. moder mold, OSw. modd mud, Sw. modder mother, Dan. mudder mud. Cf. Mother a scum on liquors.] Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive. Mud bass (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water fish ( Acantharchum pomotis or Acantharchus pomotis) of the Eastern United States. It produces a deep grunting note. Mud bath, an immersion of the body, or some part of it, in mud charged with medicinal agents, as a remedy for disease. Mud boat, a large flatboat used in dredging. Mud cat. See mud cat in the vocabulary. Mud crab (Zo["o]l.), any one of several American marine crabs of the genus Panopeus. Mud dab (Zo["o]l.), the winter flounder. See Flounder, and Dab. Mud dauber (Zo["o]l.), a mud wasp; the mud-dauber. Mud devil (Zo["o]l.), the fellbender. Mud drum (Steam Boilers), a drum beneath a boiler, into which sediment and mud in the water can settle for removal. Mud eel (Zo["o]l.), a long, slender, aquatic amphibian ( Siren lacertina), found in the Southern United States. It has persistent external gills and only the anterior pair of legs. See Siren. Mud frog (Zo["o]l.), a European frog ( Pelobates fuscus). Mud hen. (Zo["o]l.)

  1. The American coot ( Fulica Americana).

  2. The clapper rail.

    Mud lark, a person who cleans sewers, or delves in mud.

    Mud minnow (Zo["o]l.), any small American fresh-water fish of the genus Umbra, as Umbra limi. The genus is allied to the pickerels.

    Mud plug, a plug for stopping the mudhole of a boiler.

    Mud puppy (Zo["o]l.), the menobranchus.

    Mud scow, a heavy scow, used in dredging; a mud boat.

    Mud turtle, Mud tortoise (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of fresh-water tortoises of the United States.

    Mud wasp (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of hymenopterous insects belonging to Pep[ae]us, and allied genera, which construct groups of mud cells, attached, side by side, to stones or to the woodwork of buildings, etc. The female places an egg in each cell, together with spiders or other insects, paralyzed by a sting, to serve as food for the larva. Called also mud dauber.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., cognate with and probably from Middle Low German mudde, Middle Dutch modde "thick mud," from Proto-Germanic *mud- from PIE *(s)meu-/*mu- [Buck], found in many words denoting "wet" or "dirty" (cognates: Greek mydos "damp, moisture," Old Irish muad "cloud," Polish muł "slime," Sanskrit mutra- "urine," Avestan muthra- "excrement, filth"); related to German Schmutz "dirt," which also is used for "mud" in roads, etc., to avoid dreck, which originally meant "excrement." Welsh mwd is from English. Replaced native fen.\n

\nMeaning "lowest or worst of anything" is from 1580s. As a word for "coffee," it is hobo slang from 1925; as a word for "opium" from 1922. To throw or hurl mud "make disgraceful accusations" is from 1762. To say (one's) name is mud and mean "(one) is discredited" is first recorded 1823, from mud in obsolete sense of "a stupid twaddling fellow" (1708). Mud in your eye as a toast recorded from 1912, American English. Mud puppy "salamander" is from 1889, American English; mud bath is from 1798; mud pie is from 1788.


n. 1 A mixture of water and soil or fine grained sediment. 2 A plaster-like mixture used to texture or smooth drywall. 3 (context construction industry slang English) Wet concrete as it is being mixed, delivered and poured. 4 (context figuratively English) Willfully abusive, even slanderous remarks or claims, notably between political opponents. 5 (context slang English) Money, dough, especially when proceeding from dirty business. 6 (context gay sex slang English) stool that is exposed as a result of anal sex 7 (context geology English) A particle less than 62.5 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale 8 (cx slang derogatory ethnic slur English) A black person. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make muddy, dirty 2 (context transitive English) To make turbid 3 (context intransitive Internet English) To participate in a MUD, or multi-user dungeon.

  1. v. soil with mud, muck, or mire; "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden" [syn: mire, muck, muck up]

  2. plaster with mud

  3. [also: mudding, mudded]

  1. n. water soaked soil; soft wet earth [syn: clay]

  2. slanderous remarks or charges

  3. [also: mudding, mudded]


Mud is a mixture of water and any combination of soil, silt, and clay, and it usually forms after rainfall or near water sources. Ancient mud deposits harden over geological time to form sedimentary rock such as shale or mudstone (generally called lutites). When geological deposits of mud are formed in estuaries the resultant layers are termed bay muds.

Mud (disambiguation)

Mud is a liquid or semi-liquid mixture of water and soil.

Mud or MUD may also refer to:

Mud (TV series)

Mud is a 1994 CBBC television show, starring Russell Brand, Brooke Kinsella, and Russell Tovey in their early appearances and a teddy bear called Steve.

Mud (1997 film)

Mud is a 1997 Bulgarian short film directed by Ivaylo Simidchiev. The original title was ""Kal"". It is a 24 minute drama photographed on 35 mm film.

Mud (river)

Mud is a river of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It flows into the river Main near Miltenberg.

Mud (2012 film)

Mud is a 2012 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard, and Reese Witherspoon. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. It was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013. The film opened on April 26, 2013 with a limited release in select theaters, before having a wide release on May 10, 2013.

Mud (band)

Mud (now Mud II) are an English glam rock band, formed in February 1966. Their earlier success came in a pop and then glam rock style, while later hits were influenced by 1950s rock and roll, and are best remembered for their hit singles " Tiger Feet", which was the UK's best-selling single of 1974, and " Lonely This Christmas" which reached Christmas number 1 in December 1974. After signing to Rak Records and teaming up with songwriters/ producers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, the band had fourteen UK Top 20 hits between 1973 and 1976, including three number ones.

Usage examples of "mud".

Give me the Saltings of Essex with the east winds blowing over them, and the primroses abloom upon the bank, and the lanes fetlock deep in mud, and for your share you may take all the scented gardens of Sinan and the cups and jewels of his ladies, with the fightings and adventures of the golden East thrown in.

He took his eyes off the Negro and looked over the rest of the Acme Mud Bath.

Then, the Director had still been in the grip of a frightful gene-transmutation that had turned him into a thing from nightmare: a monstrous admixture of man and snake that reared out of radiant yellow mud.

But he is the man I send afield for my raw material, and he has always been able to find for me the mud of the slimiest consistency and most nauseous stench.

So it is here that we find extraordinarily well-preserved mummies, for example, and an ancient mud brick pueblo, Aldea de Tulor, that dates to about 800 BC.

Gasping for breath, Alec doubled over and they knocked him down into the half-frozen mud of the street.

The darkest corner was the bedroom, which had a platform of stone on which rugs were spread, and there was a lower mound of dried mud, roughly curtained off from the rest with two or three red and blue foutahs suspended on ropes made of twisted alfa, or dried grass.

Inside the Snake Den all was amorphous liquid mud, owing to the copious seepage.

Any lingering thought Amrita and I had of spending Saturday night out on the town was squelched by the sight of mud, monsoon, and squatting misery we would glimpse when we opened the curtains.

For the last few hundred yards the amtracs had been crawling over the shallow tidal flats, churning the coral mud under their heavy treads and rising farther and farther out of the lagoon.

Nilus mysteriously rose, broke its banks and spread a coat of thick, black mud replete with nutrition over the fields of that strange kingdom, seven hundred miles long but only four or five miles wide except for the anabranch valley of Ta-she and Lake Moeris, and the Delta.

Every year at the beginning of summer, Nilus mysteriously rose, broke its banks and spread a coat of thick, black mud replete with nutrition over the fields of that strange kingdom, seven hundred miles long but only four or five miles wide except for the anabranch valley of Ta-she and Lake Moeris, and the Delta.

Rostov threw his cloak over his shoulders, shouted to Lavrushka to follow with the things, and- now slipping in the mud, now splashing right through it- set off with Ilyin in the lessening rain and the darkness that was occasionally rent by distant lightning.

Pavoniaso that the terrible Captain Argal passed on totally unsuspicious that a sturdy little Dutch settlement lay snugly couched in the mud, under cover of all this pestilent vapor.

She dragged a heavy copper tube out of the next crate, wiping a thick slurry of ashy mud off the mottled green surface.