Mule



[myool] /myul/

noun
1.
the sterile offspring of a female horse and a male donkey, valued as a work animal, having strong muscles, a body shaped like a horse, and donkeylike long ears, small feet, and sure-footedness.
Compare .
2.
any hybrid between the donkey and the horse.
3.
Informal. a very stubborn person.
4.
Botany. any sterile hybrid.
5.
Slang. a person paid to carry or transport contraband, especially drugs, for a smuggler.
6.
a small locomotive used for pulling rail cars, as in a coal yard or on an industrial site, or for towing, as of ships through canal locks.
7.
Also called spinning mule. a machine for spinning cotton or other fibers into yarn and winding the yarn on spindles.
8.
Nautical. a large triangular staysail set between two masts and having its clew set well aft.
9.
Numismatics. a hybrid coin having the obverse of one issue and the reverse of the succeeding issue, or vice versa.
10.
Biology. a hybrid, especially one between the canary and some other finch.
[myool] /myul/
noun
1.
a lounging slipper that covers the toes and instep or only the instep.
2.
a woman’s shoe resembling this.
/mjuːl/
noun
1.
the sterile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, used as a beast of burden Compare hinny1
2.
any hybrid animal: a mule canary
3.
Also called spinning mule. a machine invented by Samuel Crompton that spins cotton into yarn and winds the yarn on spindles
4.
(informal) an obstinate or stubborn person
5.
(slang) a person who is paid to transport illegal drugs for a dealer
/mjuːl/
noun
1.
a backless shoe or slipper
noun

See drug mule
n.

“offspring of donkey and horse,” from Old English mul, Old French mul “mule, hinny” (12c., fem. mule), both from Latin mulus (fem. mula) “a mule,” probably from a pre-Latin Mediterranean language.

The mule combines the strength of the horse with the endurance and surefootedness of the ass, and is extensively bred for certain employments for which it is more suited than either; it is ordinarily incapable of procreation. With no good grounds, the mule is a proverbial type of obstinacy. [OED]

Properly, the offspring of a he-ass and a mare; that of a she-ass and a stallion is technically a hinny. Used allusively of hybrids and things of mixed nature. As a type of spinning machine, attested from 1797 (so called because a hybrid of distinct warp and woof machines). Meaning “obstinate, stupid, or stubborn person” is from 1470s; that of “narcotics smuggler or courier” first attested 1935.

“loose slipper,” 1560s, from Middle French mule, from Latin mulleus calceus “red high-soled shoe,” worn by Roman patricians, from mullus “red” (see mullet (n.1)). Related: Mules.

noun

verb

: Sometimes they mule it in small amounts/ otherwise law-abiding countrymen into performing muling favors
text, tool
A multi-lingual enhancement of GNU Emacs. Mule can handle not only ASCII characters (7 bit) and ISO Latin 1 characters (8 bit), but also 16-bit characters like Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Mule can have a mixture of languages in a single buffer.
Mule runs under the X window system, or on a Hangul terminal, mterm or exterm.
Latest version: 2.3.
(ftp://etlport.etl.go.jp/pub/mule).
(1996-01-28)

(Heb. pered), so called from the quick step of the animal or its power of carrying loads. It is not probable that the Hebrews bred mules, as this was strictly forbidden in the law (Lev. 19:19), although their use was not forbidden. We find them in common use even by kings and nobles (2 Sam. 18:9; 1 Kings 1:33; 2 Kings 5:17; Ps. 32:9). They are not mentioned, however, till the time of David, for the word rendered “mules” (R.V. correctly, “hot springs”) in Gen. 36:24 (yemim) properly denotes the warm springs of Callirhoe, on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. In David’s reign they became very common (2 Sam. 13:29; 1 Kings 10:25). Mules are not mentioned in the New Testament. Perhaps they had by that time ceased to be used in Palestine.

see: stubborn as a mule

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