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’
    • ‘We ended the conversation icily with my promise to mull over the other topics and to provide her with something in writing.’
    • ‘It was as he was mulling over this fact that Julia appeared in the doorway.’
    • ‘When you hear that detectives are mulling an interview with the prime minister himself, you know it's big.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was mulling over the fact that Natalie needs braces and my dental insurance sucks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can mull over your initial impressions, testing them against available evidence over the course of weeks, slowly coming to a conclusion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But are the proposals he is mulling really enough?’
    • ‘And yet after spending several hours mulling it over I find that I have almost nothing to say about it.’
    • ‘Then I wanted to take a day to mull over it before saying anything.’
    • ‘The Cabinet, along with the business and non-governmental sectors, is to mull over a new strategy for the promotion of investments.’
    • ‘Although nothing has been formally announced, Collins is mulling the idea over.’
    • ‘Much to mull over as I consolidate the lessons I've learned about myself.’
    • ‘I'm going to have to think about it for a while, just to mull it over.’
    • ‘That evening, in Downings, the team mulled things over, and finally Dan came up with a suggestion.’
    • ‘He waited in silence while she mulled over the proposal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And I would have liked to mull over it a bit longer.’
    • ‘I held this thought for about five minutes mulling it over, before realising how ridiculous it was!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It gives my hands something to do while I'm mulling things over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pub manager Martin Day said afterwards: ‘We are mulling it over for the time being.’’
    • ‘If I've had a stressful day, when I go out for a run I'm able to mull it over in my mind.’
    • ‘But, mulling it over, I decided my problem with US television drama is bigger than that.’
    • ‘If convicted, they'll have plenty of time to mull over their sins.’
    • ‘I've been mulling it all over over the last few days and I've come to the conclusion that we are both right.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, he said the leadership run had not altered his own career plans, which he continues to mull over.’
    • ‘Dylan continued to mull over the songs, apparently concerned about the sound and about the overtly autobiographical nature of certain of the songs.’
    • ‘There was no time for Kari to mull over the matter any longer, as the conversation continued and her thoughts got distracted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet take a moment to mull over the following set of facts with me, if you will…’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Allspice is often added to mulled wine as a sweet flavoring, which may be helpful for the digestion.’
    • ‘Gramercy Tavern may use rum-soaked raisins and apple rings or a combination of apricots and fresh figs as ingredients in its mulled wines.’
    • ‘And Stowe Mountain Resort does a big business with a mulled wine.’
    • ‘Saturday 20th December: I will be watching The Muppets' Christmas Carol and drinking mulled wine. It'll be all festive and everything.’
    • ‘Refreshments of finger foods, sandwiches, cakes and mulled wine were organised by Geraldine Cummins.’
    • ‘Propose a toast for the occasion with homemade hot cocoa, spiced tea, mulled cider or eggnog served in Spode Christmas Tree mugs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have a stash of soft drinks chilled and, if the weather's nippy, a mulled cider simmering in a slow-cooker.’
    • ‘If all that mulled wine and merriment gives you indigestion, how about a touch of wartime austerity to bring a bit of balance?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When he worked at the Rainbow Room in New York, de Groff served mulled wine from a silver samovar.’
    • ‘Also on offer to keep out the cold will be mulled wine and mince pies.’
    • ‘There will also be smoked salmon sandwiches and mulled wine available on the car park of Hunters' Lodge.’
    • ‘Genial hosts welcome you in with offers of warm mulled wine and mince pies.’
    • ‘We were then directed toward the great hall itself, where Elizabethan music could be heard, and mulled wine was being served.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only the alluring alcoholic whiff of freshly made mulled wine can surpass the spicy aroma of mince pies for generating genuine festive cheer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was so cold with the heating turned down that I decided to go for the first mulled wine of the year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most stood or sat near the huge, fieldstone fireplace in the great room, sipping the excellent mulled cider.’
    • ‘We drank some beer, mulled some wine, ate some mince pies, and managed to repair several cigarettes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dust down your copy of Last Christmas, get mulling that wine, and deck your house with as many dancing reindeer as you can find.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eight people are huddled around the stove, drinking freshly mulled wine to keep out the chill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much like eggnog, mulled wine recipes are part of our winter vocabulary.’
    • ‘They came back with cinnamon, the spice we use without thinking in mulled wine and apple crumble.’
    • ‘And white wines are mulled almost as often as red.’
    • ‘There will also be mulled sherry and mince pies in the centre's food court.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The house smells of mulled cider and homemade hot chocolate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

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

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.

    • ‘The point of the needle darts back and forth, teasing the weave of the fine muslin, mull or cotton.’
    • ‘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.’

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/