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Mud house in Amran, Yemen

Mud is a liquid or semi-liquid mixture of water and some combination of soil, silt, and clay. Ancient mud deposits harden over geological time to form sedimentary rock such as shale or mudstone (generally called lutites). When geological deposits of mud are formed in estuaries the resultant layers are termed bay muds. Mud is closely related to slurry and sediment.

Mud, in the construction industry, refers to wet plaster, stucco, cement or other similar substances.

In ceramics, the making of liquid mud (called slip) is a stage in the process of refinement of the materials, since larger particles will settle from the liquid.

Mud is similar to muck, but lacking significant quantities of humus, and often containing higher proportions of sand.

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As habitat

Mud plastered home in Pakistan
Dried mud with wind-blown stones
A lorry stuck in mud

Mud can provide a home for numerous types of animals, including varieties of worms, frogs, snails, clams, and crayfish. Other animals, such as pigs and elephants bathe in mud in order to cool off and protect themselves from the sun. Humans have also used mud as a building material, or a sealant material.

Problems

Clay soil can pose problems for traffic when moisture is present. A road built upon such soil may become stable over time as the packing of the soil will make it more water-resistant. However, any attempt to grade it can be disastrous, since excess water can then enter the surface and will be worked in by traffic, transforming portions of the road into a mud bog that can trap vehicles. The typical solution in road building is to add layers of crushed stone. The stone particles will interlock and distribute the weight of a vehicle over a larger surface area. Proper drainage is also essential when low spots are encountered by the road, usually requiring the addition of culverts to pass water underneath the elevation of the street.

Buildings constructed upon clay soil must also be properly drained around their perimeter, particularly where a perimeter foundation (rather than a monolithic slab) is used. As clay will expand and soften when moisture is added, the resultant mud will squeeze out from underneath the foundation, however, in the next dry cycle it will contract, but the clay squeezed out will not return. Over a number of such cycles the foundation can sink in the moisture-cycled locations, possibly causing both wall and foundation cracks. Maintaining a constant moisture level in firm soil is important and can be effected by appropriate landscaping and landscaping maintenance. Where drainage is toward a building a French drain may be installed to route water around the building.

Saint Louis discovered problems with mud when in 2006 had a breakout of rashes after their Mighty Mud Mania Event.[1]

As food

Haiti consumes a large variety of different non-traditional foods in an attempt to quelch hunger pains. Mud cakes are traditionally fashioned and consumed, but items such as clay and chalk can also be eaten. Due to recent increases in food prices and growing starvation in Haiti, this habit has been extended and received much media attention.[2]

Outside of hunger, mud and dirt can be consumed accidentally during sports and other outdoor activities. This has led to exaggerations such as "Tastes like dirt", which isn't based solely on the actual taste and mouthfeel of the wet dirt, but this experience of getting mud, grass, and other vegetation in one's teeth.

There also exist children's recipes for "mud", which is generally a chocolate or cornstarch-based sludge used more for visual appeal than actual taste. Never does this confectionery mud actually contain real mud. [3]

Recreation

Mud is used in mud wrestling as a form of entertainment. A mud bath is an alternative-medicine treatment. It can also be used in a dunk tank.

Mud is also used in Muddin which is taking a jacked up truck off roading through a lot of mud and rough terrain.

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References


Quotes

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Mud is a liquid or semi-liquid mixture of water and some combination of soil, silt, and clay.

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  • Mud! Mud! Glorious mud!
    Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.
    So, follow me, follow, down to the hollow,
    And there let us wallow in glorious mud.
  • I, too, saw God through mud -
    The mud that cracked on cheeks when wretches smiled.
    War brought more glory to their eyes than blood,
    And gave their laughs more glee than shakes a child.
  • Mud and rain and wretchedness and blood.
    Why should jolly soldier-boys complain?
    God made these before the roofless Flood -
    Mud and rain.
  • O German mother dreaming by the fire,
    While you are knitting socks to send your son
    His face is trodden deeper in the mud.

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Mud is a village in Pin Valley, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

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English

Etymology

Unattested in Old English; probably cognate with (or perhaps directly borrowed from) Middle Dutch modde, Middle Low German modde, mudde (Low German Mudd).

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
mud

Plural
countable and uncountable; plural muds

mud (countable and uncountable; plural muds)

  1. A dirty mixture of water and soil
  2. A plaster-like mixture used to texture or smooth drywall
  3. (construction industry slang) Wet concrete as it is being mixed, delivered and poured
  4. (figuratively) Willfully abusive, even slanderous remarks or claims, notably between political opponents
    The campaign issues got lost in all the mud from both parties
  5. (slang) Money, doe, especially when proceeding from dirty business

Derived terms

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Verb

Infinitive
to mud

Third person singular
muds

Simple past
muded

Past participle
muded

Present participle
muding

to mud (third-person singular simple present muds, present participle muding, simple past and past participle muded)

  1. (transitive) To make muddy, dirty
  2. (transitive) To make turbid

Translations

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of DMU

Breton

Adjective

mud

  1. mute

Dutch

Alternative forms

  • mudde

Etymology

Ultimately from Latin modius 'bushel'

Noun

mud n. (plural mudden, diminutive mudje  or muddeken, diminutive plural mudjes  or muddekens)

  1. An old measure of volume, varying in content over time and regions; nowadays usually 1 hectoliter
    Een mud is zo'n 70 kilo aardappelen
    One mud is about 70 kg potatoes
  2. A wooden container having such content; again used as measure for bulk wares sold in it, such as cereals
  3. A land measure, presumably supposedly the area sown which that much seed
  4. A small measure for liquids, about 1 deciliter

Derived terms

  • mudderecht n.
  • mudszak m.
  • korenmud n.

Simple English


In terms of computer games, a MUD (short for Multi-User Dungeon, Multi-User Dimension or Multi-User Domain) is a multiplayer online game that is usually completely text-based.








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