2. [syn: mule, scuff]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mule \Mule\ (m[=u]l), n. [F., a she-mule, L. mula, fem. of
mulus; cf. Gr. my`klos, mychlo`s. Cf. AS. m[=u]l, fr. L.
mulus. Cf. Mulatto.]
1. (Zool.) A hybrid animal; specifically, one generated
between an ass and a mare. Sometimes the term is applied
to the offspring of a horse and a she-ass, but that hybrid
is more properly termed a hinny. See Hinny.
Note: Mules are much used as draught animals. They are hardy,
and proverbial for stubbornness.
2. (Bot.) A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the
pistil of one species with the pollen or fecundating dust
of another; -- called also hybrid.
3. A very stubborn person.
4. A machine, used in factories, for spinning cotton, wool,
etc., into yarn or thread and winding it into cops; --
called also jenny and mule-jenny.
5. A slipper that has no fitting around the heel.
Syn: mules, scuff, scuffs.
Mule armadillo (Zool.), a long-eared armadillo (Tatusia
hybrida), native of Buenos Ayres; -- called also mulita.
See Illust. under Armadillo.
Mule deer (Zool.), a large deer (Cervus macrotis syn.
Cariacus macrotis) of the Western United States. The
name refers to its long ears.
Mule pulley (Mach.), an idle pulley for guiding a belt
which transmits motion between shafts that are not
Mule twist, cotton yarn in cops, as spun on a mule; -- in
distinction from yarn spun on a throstle frame.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse;
2: a slipper that has no fitting around the heel [syn: mule,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
86 Moby Thesaurus words for "mule":
Cape Colored, Eurasian, Siberian husky, ass, bastard,
beast of burden, bigot, bitter-ender, bullethead, camel, cattalo,
citrange, cross, crossbred, crossbreed, diehard, dogmatist, donkey,
draft animal, dromedary, elephant, fanatic, griffe, half blood,
half-bred, half-breed, half-caste, hardnose, high yellow, hinny,
horse, husky, hybrid, intransigeant, intransigent, jennet, jenny,
ladino, last-ditcher, liger, llama, malamute, manlike, manly,
masculine, maverick, mestee, mestiza, mestizo, metis, metisse,
mixblood, mixed-blood, mongrel, mulatto, mustee, octoroon, ox,
pack horse, perverse fool, pighead, plumcot, positivist, purist,
quadroon, quintroon, reindeer, sambo, silkworm, sledge dog, spider,
spinner, spinning frame, spinning jenny, spinster, standpat,
standpatter, stickler, sumpter, sumpter horse, sumpter mule,
tangelo, throstle, tigon, zebrass, zebrule
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016):
MULtilingual Enhancement of GNU EMACS (EMACS, GNU)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
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.
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
(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
Mules are not mentioned in the New Testament. Perhaps they had
by that time ceased to be used in Palestine.