morass


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mo·rass

 (mə-răs′, mô-)
n.
1. An area of low-lying, soggy ground.
2. Something that hinders, engulfs, or overwhelms: a morass of details.

[Dutch moeras, from Middle Dutch maras, from Old French mareis, probably of Germanic origin; see mori- in Indo-European roots.]

morass

(məˈræs)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a tract of swampy low-lying land
2. a disordered or muddled situation or circumstance, esp one that impedes progress
[C17: from Dutch moeras, ultimately from Old French marais marsh]

mo•rass

(məˈræs)

n.
1. a tract of low, soft, wet ground.
2. a marsh or bog.
3. something that is confusing or troublesome or from which it is difficult to free oneself.
[1645–55; < Dutch moeras, alter. of Middle Dutch maras < Old French mareis < Germanic. See marsh]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.morass - a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfootmorass - a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
bog, peat bog - wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel

morass

noun
1. mess, confusion, chaos, jam (informal), tangle, mix-up, muddle, quagmire I tried to drag myself out of the morass of despair.
2. marsh, swamp, bog, slough, fen, moss (Scot. & Northern English dialect), quagmire, marshland a morass of gooey mud

morass

noun
1. A usually low-lying area of soft waterlogged ground and standing water:
2. Something that is intricately and often bewilderingly complex:
Translations
مُسْتَنْقَع، أرْض سَبْخَه
močál
morads
mÿrlendi, fen
klampynė
purvsslīkšņa

morass

[məˈræs] Ncenagal m, pantano m
a morass of problemsun laberinto de problemas
a morass of figuresun mar de cifras

morass

[məˈræs] n [corruption, problems] → bourbier m
a legal morass → un bourbier judiciaire
an economic morass → un bourbier économique

morass

nMorast m, → Sumpf m (also fig); to be sucked into the morass (of vice)sich immer tiefer (im Laster) verstricken; a morass of problemsein Wust mvon Problemen; a morass of emotionsein Wirrwarr mder Gefühle

morass

[məˈræs‘] npantano, palude f (fig) → pantano

morass

(məˈrӕs) noun
a bog or swamp.
References in classic literature ?
And some certain significance lurks in all things, else all things are little worth, and the round world itself but an empty cipher, except to sell by the cartload, as they do hills about Boston, to fill up some morass in the Milky Way.
I am sure you cannot long be content to pass your leisure in solitude, and to devote your working hours to a monotonous labour wholly void of stimulus: any more than I can be content," he added, with emphasis, "to live here buried in morass, pent in with mountains--my nature, that God gave me, contravened; my faculties, heaven- bestowed, paralysed--made useless.
The path from the wood leads to a morass, and from thence to a ford, which, as the rains have abated, may now be passable.
But where Silver stood with his lieutenant, all was still in shadow, and they waded knee-deep in a low white vapour that had crawled during the night out of the morass.
Immediately there was a crashing through the yellow canes, and a sound of voices from the dense green jungle that marked the morass through which I had run on the previous day.
God help those who wander into the great mire now, for even the firm uplands are becoming a morass.
Why, the river rises and falls the best part of forty feet, and half the country is a morass that you can't pass over.
I watched a silver swan, which had a living grace about his movements and a living intelligence in his eyes--watched him swimming about as comfortably and as unconcernedly as if he had been born in a morass instead of a jeweler's shop--watched him seize a silver fish from under the water and hold up his head and go through all the customary and elaborate motions of swallowing it--but the moment it disappeared down his throat some tattooed South Sea Islanders approached and I yielded to their attractions.
With high hopes we struck across the peaty, russet moor, intersected with a thousand sheep paths, until we came to the broad, light-green belt which marked the morass between us and Holdernesse.
Here was a weary experience in which he was as utterly condemned to loneliness as in the despair which sometimes threatened him while toiling in the morass of authorship without seeming nearer to the goal.
Hunched up in their ropes they might indeed be rolled down hill like barrels, but most of the way lay through a morass.
Hair-Face ran out on the quaking morass and gained the firmer footing of a grass-hummock a dozen yards away.