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intr.v. moiled, moil·ing, moils
1. To work hard; toil: men who moil in mines.
2. To churn about continuously: clouds moiling in the wind.
1. Hard work; toil.
2. Confusion; turmoil: "the dogs shooting past her in a moil of fur and flashing feet" (T.C. Boyle).
[Middle English mollen, to soften by wetting, from Old French moillier, from Vulgar Latin *molliāre, from Latin mollia (pānis), the soft part (of bread), from neuter pl. of mollis, soft; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. to moisten or soil or become moist, soiled, etc
2. (intr) to toil or drudge (esp in the phrase toil and moil)
3. toil; drudgery
4. confusion; turmoil
[C14 (to moisten; later: to work hard in unpleasantly wet conditions) from Old French moillier, ultimately from Latin mollis soft]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to work hard; drudge.
2. to whirl or eddy.v.t.
3. Archaic. to wet or smudge.n.
[1350–1400; Middle English moillen to make or get wet and muddy < Middle French moillier < Vulgar Latin *molliāre, derivative of Latin mollis soft]
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Past participle: moiled
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|Verb||1.||moil - work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"|
|2.||moil - be agitated; "the sea was churning in the storm"|
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
|3.||moil - moisten or soil; "Her tears moiled the letter"|
smear - stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
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