One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stone or other heavy weight used for grinding artists' pigments or other material on a slab.
wreck, ruin, spoil, disrupt, undo, upset, play havoc with, make a mess of, put an end to, end, bring to an end, put a stop to, terminate, prevent, frustrate, blight, crush, quell, quash, dash, scotch, shatter, vitiate, blast, devastate, demolish, sabotage, torpedoView synonyms
- ‘We recommend you to use a muller when doing a large batch of paint or when an ultra-fine quality of paint is wanted, but, for small quantities a palette knife does a great job.’
- ‘The pigments used - chrome yellow, red lead, red ocher, and yellow ocher - were ground in linseed oil using a marble muller and stone slab.’
- ‘For a good even dispersion, use a muller to force the pigment into suspension.’
- ‘His supplies included ‘1 paint stone,’ ‘knife and muller,’ ‘1 box and drawers of paints,’ and ‘1 painted cupboard and its contents (oil jugs, paint, & c).’
Late Middle English: perhaps from Anglo-Norman French moldre ‘to grind’.
1Wreck or destroy (something).
- ‘Target: not reached’
- 1.1 Beat or defeat (an opponent) comprehensively.‘we absolutely mullered Huddersfield in the second half’
1990s: of unknown origin.
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