mud

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a thick mixture of soil and water

Computing

  • noun
    (written as MUD)
    a virtual online space in which several people can participate in collaborative projects at the same time.
  • noun
    (written as MUD)
    an adventure game played by multiple users over the Internet.
  • acronym formultiuser domain
    (written as MUD)
  • acronym formultiuser dungeon
    (written as MUD)

Construction

  • soil containing enough water to make it soft and plastic.
  • A slang expression for joint compound.

Electronics

  • (written as MUD)
    Acronym for multi-user dungeon, multi-user dimension, or multi-user domain. Interactive multiuser games, and the virtual environment they take place in, played over the Internet. Many MUDs deal with fantasies involving heroics, such as rescues and escapes from dungeons.
  • acronym formulti-user dimension
    (written as MUD)
  • acronym formulti-user dungeon
    (written as MUD)

Media Studies

  • noun
    (written as MUD)
    a piece of software usually used for gaming, which allows many different users to interact in the same environment.
  • acronym formulti-user domain
    (written as MUD)

Business

  • acronym formunicipal utility district
    (written as MUD)

Origin & History of “mud”

The Old English word for ‘mud’ was fen, which now survives only in the sense ‘swamp’. It was replaced in the middle English period by mud, probably a borrowing from Middle Low German mudde. this goes back ultimately to a prehistoric base *meu-, *mu- that has produced a range of words in the Indo-European languages denoting ‘dirt’ or ‘wet’: Greek múdos ‘damp’, for instance, and polish muł ‘slime’. Muddle (17th c.) may come from Middle Dutch moddelen ‘make muddy’, a derivative of modde ‘mud’.
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