Origin of moilMiddle English moillen, to moisten, make wet from Old French moillier from Vulgar Latin an unverified form molliare, to soften from Classical Latin mollis, soft: see mollify
- drudgery; hard work
- confusion; turmoil
intransitive verbmoiled, moil·ing, moils
- To work hard; toil: men who moil in mines.
- To churn about continuously: clouds moiling in the wind.
- Hard work; toil.
- Confusion; turmoil: “the dogs shooting past her in a moil of fur and flashing feet” ( T.C. Boyle )
Origin of moilMiddle English mollen to soften by wetting from Old French moillier from Vulgar Latin molliāre from Latin mollia (pānis) the soft part (of bread) from neuter pl. of mollis soft ; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present moils, present participle moiling, simple past and past participle moiled)
From Middle English mollen (“to soften by wetting"), from Old French moillier with the same meaning, from Latin molla panis (“soft part of bread"), from mollis (“soft"); from the Proto-Indo-European root 'mel-', 'soft'.
- (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.
From Hebrew 'mohel', ×ž×•×”×œ (ritual circumciser), referring to the foreskin-like shape of the unwanted rim.