Main definitions of mull in English

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mull1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Think about (a fact, proposal, or request) deeply and at length.

    ‘she began to mull over the various possibilities’
    • ‘You can mull over your initial impressions, testing them against available evidence over the course of weeks, slowly coming to a conclusion.’
    • ‘Much to mull over as I consolidate the lessons I've learned about myself.’
    • ‘There was no time for Kari to mull over the matter any longer, as the conversation continued and her thoughts got distracted.’
    • ‘We ended the conversation icily with my promise to mull over the other topics and to provide her with something in writing.’
    • ‘Then I wanted to take a day to mull over it before saying anything.’
    • ‘That evening, in Downings, the team mulled things over, and finally Dan came up with a suggestion.’
    • ‘Pub manager Martin Day said afterwards: ‘We are mulling it over for the time being.’’
    • ‘As you mull over the details of an enraging experience, you may think that you're trying to get more information out of it - a new understanding of what happened.’
    • ‘I held this thought for about five minutes mulling it over, before realising how ridiculous it was!’
    • ‘I was mulling over the fact that Natalie needs braces and my dental insurance sucks.’
    • ‘Well, I sat through this entire trial except for a few weeks, and I think that the jury did an excellent job of evaluating the case and mulling it over.’
    • ‘But are the proposals he is mulling really enough?’
    • ‘If I've had a stressful day, when I go out for a run I'm able to mull it over in my mind.’
    • ‘If convicted, they'll have plenty of time to mull over their sins.’
    • ‘The foremost task is to mull over the raison d'être of your trip for this determines the destination, the monetary issues, accommodation etc. for your tour.’
    • ‘I've been mulling it all over over the last few days and I've come to the conclusion that we are both right.’
    • ‘I'm going to have to think about it for a while, just to mull it over.’
    • ‘When you hear that detectives are mulling an interview with the prime minister himself, you know it's big.’
    • ‘Yet take a moment to mull over the following set of facts with me, if you will…’
    • ‘I teach a class in online journalism (yes - I get to infect young minds with this stuff too!) and we'd had a long discussion about the question, so I'd been mulling it over.’
    • ‘But, mulling it over, I decided my problem with US television drama is bigger than that.’
    • ‘Autumn, with its cool evenings and time to sit with feet propped on a trusty hamper, is an excellent time to mull ideas and review notes.’
    • ‘And I would have liked to mull over it a bit longer.’
    • ‘We are just really annoyed and we have four days to mull it over and make sure we do get it right at the weekend.’
    • ‘Mr Snippet will long since have abandoned all hope that I was ever going to respond to what he had to say, but I never quite forgot his point, and periodically, while shaving or whatever, I have been mulling things over.’
    • ‘And yet after spending several hours mulling it over I find that I have almost nothing to say about it.’
    • ‘However, he said the leadership run had not altered his own career plans, which he continues to mull over.’
    • ‘It gives my hands something to do while I'm mulling things over.’
    • ‘She continued to mull over that thought for a short while before she was shaken from her thoughts by the sound of the door opening and someone else slipping out into the cold night air.’
    • ‘Pinsent is determined there will be no shooting from the lip and intends to take another couple of months to mull it over before announcing a decision.’
    • ‘Dylan continued to mull over the songs, apparently concerned about the sound and about the overtly autobiographical nature of certain of the songs.’
    • ‘It was as he was mulling over this fact that Julia appeared in the doorway.’
    • ‘Although nothing has been formally announced, Collins is mulling the idea over.’
    • ‘He waited in silence while she mulled over the proposal.’
    • ‘Talent is always at the top of the agenda - and at the end of each meeting, the executive team mulls individual development decisions on key staffers.’
    • ‘The Cabinet, along with the business and non-governmental sectors, is to mull over a new strategy for the promotion of investments.’
    • ‘Of course, he now had the unfortunate opportunity to mull over the fact that very soon, if all went well, he would be more powerful than a king.’
    • ‘As I was mulling it over, I had a sudden realisation that made a lot of sense - maybe they didn't want to win the election?’
    • ‘At least with a letter you have time to mull things over - you have to write it, then buy a stamp, then take a trip to the post box.’
    • ‘She wasn't watching the road as she mulled over this fact; if she had been, she would've seen the boy before she crashed into him.’
    ponder, consider, think about, think over, reflect on, contemplate, deliberate, turn over in one's mind, chew over, weigh up, consider the pros and cons of, cogitate on, meditate on, muse on, ruminate on, ruminate over, brood on, have one's mind on, give some thought to, evaluate, examine, study, review, revolve
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Origin

Mid 19th century: of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

mull

/məl//məl/

Main definitions of mull in English

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mull2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective mulled
  • Warm (a beverage, especially wine, beer, or cider) and add spices and sweetening to it.

    ‘a tankard of mulled ale’
    • ‘And white wines are mulled almost as often as red.’
    • ‘If all that mulled wine and merriment gives you indigestion, how about a touch of wartime austerity to bring a bit of balance?’
    • ‘Since the theme is sweets, Haas keeps the rest of the fare simple, providing a few savory finger foods such as cheeses and crackers, along with mulled wine and apple cider.’
    • ‘There will also be mulled sherry and mince pies in the centre's food court.’
    • ‘And Stowe Mountain Resort does a big business with a mulled wine.’
    • ‘Genial hosts welcome you in with offers of warm mulled wine and mince pies.’
    • ‘Also on offer to keep out the cold will be mulled wine and mince pies.’
    • ‘Mince pies and mulled wine was provided and served by Huby Women's Institute in the village hall, thanks to a financial donation by the parish council.’
    • ‘It was so cold with the heating turned down that I decided to go for the first mulled wine of the year.’
    • ‘Some merchants depart from this charming tradition and just use it as an opportunity to sell random stuff, but I just ignore them and walk straight on to the mulled wine stand.’
    • ‘As it turned out, however, the cake itself is just a chocolate cake whose batter is similar to that of regular pound cake, and it is brushed with mulled wine after it has been baked.’
    • ‘The drink could really consist of nearly anything, as long as it had ale or sherry as a base, apples or cider, and mulled spices.’
    • ‘Only the alluring alcoholic whiff of freshly made mulled wine can surpass the spicy aroma of mince pies for generating genuine festive cheer.’
    • ‘When he worked at the Rainbow Room in New York, de Groff served mulled wine from a silver samovar.’
    • ‘Dust down your copy of Last Christmas, get mulling that wine, and deck your house with as many dancing reindeer as you can find.’
    • ‘Have a stash of soft drinks chilled and, if the weather's nippy, a mulled cider simmering in a slow-cooker.’
    • ‘Don't be concerned about the cold weather; warm mulled wine known as Gluhwein is an integral part of the markets and is guaranteed to keep that winter chill at bay.’
    • ‘Genuine traders from every corner of Germany would be allowed to sell the country's beer and mulled wine to get shoppers into the party spirit.’
    • ‘Minced pies and mulled wine will be available and the shop will be selling everything you need to survive the festive season from hampers and gifts to trees and turkeys.’
    • ‘Most stood or sat near the huge, fieldstone fireplace in the great room, sipping the excellent mulled cider.’
    • ‘Gramercy Tavern may use rum-soaked raisins and apple rings or a combination of apricots and fresh figs as ingredients in its mulled wines.’
    • ‘That night we enjoyed some hot mulled wine, a warm fire, the company of random campers at the camp site, Judy's cheesecake, and a great big fuzzy black bear that was brown.’
    • ‘They came back with cinnamon, the spice we use without thinking in mulled wine and apple crumble.’
    • ‘Eight people are huddled around the stove, drinking freshly mulled wine to keep out the chill.’
    • ‘Refreshments of finger foods, sandwiches, cakes and mulled wine were organised by Geraldine Cummins.’
    • ‘Much like eggnog, mulled wine recipes are part of our winter vocabulary.’
    • ‘Allspice is often added to mulled wine as a sweet flavoring, which may be helpful for the digestion.’
    • ‘Saturday 20th December: I will be watching The Muppets' Christmas Carol and drinking mulled wine. It'll be all festive and everything.’
    • ‘Chilly nights, I like nibbling small pieces of chocolate with a cup of hot, spicy mulled wine, enjoying the aroma of cacao, spices, and wine blending together.’
    • ‘The house smells of mulled cider and homemade hot chocolate.’
    • ‘As the first movie was concluding The Maiden went to the Kitchen to pour the well-mulled hot spiced cider into deep earthen mugs, filling them full and placing a cinnamon stick in each to use as a stir.’
    • ‘One way is to escape to a quiet corner for reading and relaxing, a place to sip a mug of steaming mulled cider as you lose yourself in Harry Potter's latest adventures.’
    • ‘A servant came flying out with a horn of mulled wine wrapped in a cloth and passed it to him with nervous hands, careful not to look at him before he dashed away.’
    • ‘Of course, there was more mulled wine to be enjoyed later in the day, as large crowds gathered in the town square at 5pm for the turning on of the Christmas lights.’
    • ‘To begin proceedings mulled wine will be served at 8pm which will be followed by a five-course dinner at 8.30 pm.’
    • ‘There will also be smoked salmon sandwiches and mulled wine available on the car park of Hunters' Lodge.’
    • ‘Sparkling wine is a perfectly acceptable alternative to champagne, as is mulled wine in winter, and will reduce your costs in this area by up to about 40 per cent.’
    • ‘We were then directed toward the great hall itself, where Elizabethan music could be heard, and mulled wine was being served.’
    • ‘We drank some beer, mulled some wine, ate some mince pies, and managed to repair several cigarettes.’
    • ‘Propose a toast for the occasion with homemade hot cocoa, spiced tea, mulled cider or eggnog served in Spode Christmas Tree mugs.’

Origin

Early 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

mull

/məl//məl/

Main definitions of mull in English

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mull3

noun

  • Humus formed under nonacid conditions.

    • ‘Those woods with brown forest soils maintained mull humus, probably by virtue of their mixed floristic composition.’
    • ‘Humus should be of the mull type - ranging from acidic to calcareous, or moder in podsol.’

Origin

1920s: from Danish muld ‘soil’.

Pronunciation

mull

/məl//məl/

Main definitions of mull in English

: mull1mull2mull3mull4mull5Mull6

mull4

noun

Scottish
  • in place names A promontory.

    ‘the Mull of Kintyre’
    • ‘The Mull of Kintyre proper is the lump of the peninsula south of Campbeltown, with the lighthouse at Machrihanish on its north west.’
    • ‘The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most southerly point and is one of its least known parts.’

Origin

Middle English: compare with Scottish Gaelic maol and Icelandic múli.

Pronunciation

mull

/məl//məl/

Main definitions of mull in English

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mull5

noun

  • Thin, soft, plain muslin, used in bookbinding for joining the spine of a book to its cover.

    • ‘Connecting cover boards to the mull, rather than directly to the signatures themselves, allows for a strong but flexible backbone.’
    • ‘It is made of a fine mull that is not imported to this country in the piece, and there is a satisfaction in wearing only hand-made garments.’
    • ‘The point of the needle darts back and forth, teasing the weave of the fine muslin, mull or cotton.’

Origin

Late 17th century: abbreviation, from Hindi malmal.

Pronunciation

mull

/məl//məl/

Main definitions of mull in English

: mull1mull2mull3mull4mull5Mull6

Mull6

proper noun

  • A large island of the Inner Hebrides; chief town, Tobermory.

Pronunciation

Mull

/məl/