A stone or other heavy weight used for grinding artists' pigments or other material on a slab.
- The pigments used - chrome yellow, red lead, red ocher, and yellow ocher - were ground in linseed oil using a marble muller and stone slab.
- His supplies included ‘1 paint stone,’ ‘knife and muller,’ ‘1 box and drawers of paints,’ and ‘1 painted cupboard and its contents (oil jugs, paint, & c).
- For a good even dispersion, use a muller to force the pigment into suspension.
Late Middle English: perhaps from Anglo-Norman French moldre 'to grind'.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
verb[with object] British informal
1.1Beat or defeat (an opponent) comprehensively: we absolutely mullered Huddersfield in the second half
1990s: of unknown origin.
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