- 1The offspring of a donkey and a horse (strictly, a male donkey and a female horse), typically sterile and used as a beast of burden. Compare with hinny1.More example sentences
- The Israelites used various beasts of burden - mules, horses, camels and oxen.
- The pack mules carrying the gold ore scattered in all directions, spilling ore over a wide area.
- Instead we often get stuck riding a reliable mule up a rough trail.
- 1.1A person compared to a mule, especially in being stubborn or obstinate.More example sentences
- We're two stubborn old mules who need to have their own way.
- An angry David Whitechapel was a stubborn mule, which refused to budge.
- I don't think Franzen is particularly gifted but he is a mule.
- 1.2 • informal A courier for illegal drugs.More example sentences
- The profits are enormous and there is no shortage of impoverished drugs mules prepared to swallow tiny packets of pure cocaine and smuggle them into Britain.
- This is an indication that international drugs gangs are increasingly using mules to smuggle the narcotic into the country.
- Police warned that she and other sniffer dogs would be regularly used to stop so-called human mules bringing down drugs from London to sell in Southampton and Portsmouth.
- 1.3A small tractor or locomotive, typically one that is electrically powered.More example sentences
- The trolley pole is mounted on a cylindrical bearing member secured to the side of an electric mule or locomotive for pivotal movement about a vertical axis.
- Mules are very tough machines and are about the perfect size.
- 2A hybrid plant or animal, especially a sterile one.More example sentences
- Finch mules have always been more difficult to breed than the canaries or finches themselves, but some were less difficult than others.
- Some of the considerable biodiversity of corals may come from underwater versions of mules, say researchers.
- A total of 989 female ducks were studied over three generations, as well as 4025 purebred offspring and 4125 male mule offspring.
- 2.1Any of several standard crossbred varieties of sheep.More example sentences
- Special sale of mules, Greyface ewe lambs, on Saturday, September 11.
- Another local farmer, Neil Heseltine, from Malham, was awarded a prize for his local pair of mule gimmer lambs.
- 3 (also spinning mule) A kind of spinning machine producing yarn on spindles, invented by Samuel Crompton (1753–1827) in 1779.More example sentences
- His near contemporary, the shy and upright Samuel Crompton invented the spinning mule that allowed Britain to corner the market in fine-spun cottons.
- When we look at it now we think of the great inventor Samuel Crompton, who grew up there and invented his spinning mule within its walls.
- After the invention of the hand-operated cotton mule spinning machine in the 1760's, that time dropped to 300 hours.
- 4A coin with the obverse and reverse of designs not originally intended to be used together.More example sentences
- There are three recognised mule coins from the Republic of India.
- On Feb. 7 of that year, the Secret Service, after examining the mule, returned the coin to Baller, accompanied by a letter from Special Agent Richard M. McDrew.
Old English mūl, probably of Germanic origin, from Latin mulus, mula; reinforced in Middle English by Old French mule.
- A slipper or light shoe without a back.More example sentences
- Throwbacks to a swell fashion trend of yesteryear, they spice up any pair of shoes, from ballet flats to mules or slinky stilettos.
- A bare foot is what grips your foot to the shoe and keeps the mules from being treacherous.
- Avoid skinny heels, even if they're low, and avoid mules or slingbacks until you're more comfortable.
mid 16th century: from French, 'slipper'.