moil (third-person singular simple present moils, present participle moiling, simple past and past participle moiled)
- To toil, to work hard.
- Francis Bacon
- Moil not too much under ground.
- Now he must moil and drudge for one he loathes.
1907, Robert W. Service, “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, in The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses:
- There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.
- To churn continually.
- (Britain, transitive) To defile or dirty.
moil (countable and uncountable, plural moils)
- Hard work.
- Confusion, turmoil.
- A spot; a defilement.
1856, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh:
- You'd suppose
A finished generation, dead of plague,
Swept outward from their graves into the sun,
The moil of death upon them.
From Hebrew 'mohel', מוהל (ritual circumciser), referring to the foreskin-like shape of the unwanted rim.
moil (plural moils)
- (glassblowing) The glass circling the tip of a blowpipe or punty, such as the residual glass after detaching a blown vessel, or the lower part of a gather.
- (glassblowing, blow molding) The excess material which adheres to the top, base, or rim of a glass object when it is cut or knocked off from a blowpipe or punty, or from the mold-filling process. Typically removed after annealing as part of the finishing process (e.g. scored and snapped off).
- (glassblowing) The metallic oxide from a blowpipe which has adhered to a glass object.
- Genitive of mol.