1 work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig]
3 moisten or soil; "Her tears moiled the letter"
EtymologyFrom Middle English 'mollen', 'to soften by wetting', from Old French 'moillier' with the same meaning, from Latin 'mollia panis', 'the soft part of bread', from 'mollis', 'soft'; from the Proto-Indo-European root 'mel-', 'soft'. Sense 3 of the noun is derived from the Hebrew word 'mohel' (ritual circumciser) and refers to the foreskin-like shape of the unwanted rim.
HistoryMoil was built before Cyclone Tracy in 1974. It derives its name from the Aboriginal people on the Moyle River who inhabit an area on the lower reaches of the Daly River and around Port Keats.
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