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Mud

A MUD (; originally Multi-User Dungeon, with later variants Multi-User Dimension and Multi-User Domain), is a multiplayer real-time virtual world, usually text-based.

mud n 1: water soaked soil; soft wet earth [syn: {clay}] 2: slanderous remarks or charges v 1: soil with mud, muck, or mire; "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden" [syn: {mire}, {muck}, {muck up}] 2: plaster with mud [also: {mudding}, {mudded}]

MUD Multi-User Dungeon (MUD)

59 Moby Thesaurus words for "mud": baygall, bog, bottom, bottomland, bottoms, buffalo wallow, clay, dirt, dust, everglade, fen, fenland, glade, grime, gumbo, hog wallow, holm, marais, marish, marsh, marshland, meadow, mere, mire, moor, moorland, morass, moss, muck, mud flat, muddle, muddy, ooze, peat bog, quagmire, quicksand, rile, salt marsh, slime, slip, slob, slob land, slop, slosh, slough, sludge, slush, smut, soot, sough, squash, sump, swale, swamp, swampland, swill, taiga, wallow, wash

MUD /muhd/ n. [acronym, Multi-User Dungeon; alt. Multi-User Dimension] 1. A class of {virtual reality} experiments accessible via the Internet. These are real-time chat forums with structure; they have multiple `locations' like an adventure game, and may include combat, traps, puzzles, magic, a simple economic system, and the capability for characters to build more structure onto the database that represents the existing world. 2. vi. To play a MUD. The acronym MUD is often lowercased and/or verbed; thus, one may speak of `going mudding', etc. Historically, MUDs (and their more recent progeny with names of MU- form) derive from a hack by Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw on the University of Essex's DEC-10 in the early 1980s; descendants of that game still exist today and are sometimes generically called BartleMUDs. There is a widespread myth (repeated, unfortunately, by earlier versions of this lexicon) that the name MUD was trademarked to the commercial MUD run by Bartle on British Telecom (the motto: "You haven't _lived_ 'til you've _died_ on MUD!"); however, this is false -- Richard Bartle explicitly placed `MUD' in the public domain in 1985. BT was upset at this, as they had already printed trademark claims on some maps and posters, which were released and created the myth. Students on the European academic networks quickly improved on the MUD concept, spawning several new MUDs (VAXMUD, AberMUD, LPMUD). Many of these had associated bulletin-board systems for social interaction. Because these had an image as `research' they often survived administrative hostility to BBSs in general. This, together with the fact that Usenet feeds were often spotty and difficult to get in the U.K., made the MUDs major foci of hackish social interaction there. AberMUD and other variants crossed the Atlantic around 1988 and quickly gained popularity in the U.S.; they became nuclei for large hacker communities with only loose ties to traditional hackerdom (some observers see parallels with the growth of Usenet in the early 1980s). The second wave of MUDs (TinyMUD and variants) tended to emphasize social interaction, puzzles, and cooperative world-building as opposed to combat and competition (in writing, these social MUDs are sometimes referred to as `MU*', with `MUD' implicitly reserved for the more game-oriented ones). By 1991, over 50% of MUD sites were of a third major variety, LPMUD, which synthesizes the combat/puzzle aspects of AberMUD and older systems with the extensibility of TinyMud. In 1996 the cutting edge of the technology is Pavel Curtis's MOO, even more extensible using a built-in object-oriented language. The trend toward greater programmability and flexibility will doubtless continue. The state of the art in MUD design is still moving very rapidly, with new simulation designs appearing (seemingly) every month. Around 1991 there was an unsuccessful movement to deprecate the term {MUD} itself, as newer designs exhibit an exploding variety of names corresponding to the different simulation styles being explored. It survived. See also {bonk/oif}, {FOD}, {link-dead}, {mudhead}, {talk mode}.

Mud \Mud\ (m[u^]d), n. [Akin to LG. mudde, D. modder, G. moder mold, OSw. modd mud, Sw. modder mother, Dan. mudder mud. Cf. {Mother} a scum on liquors.] Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive. [1913 Webster] {Mud bass} (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water fish ({Acantharchum pomotis} or {Acantharchus pomotis}) of the Eastern United States. It produces a deep grunting note. {Mud bath}, an immersion of the body, or some part of it, in mud charged with medicinal agents, as a remedy for disease. {Mud boat}, a large flatboat used in dredging. {Mud cat}. See {mud cat} in the vocabulary. {Mud crab} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several American marine crabs of the genus {Panopeus}. {Mud dab} (Zo["o]l.), the winter flounder. See {Flounder}, and {Dab}. {Mud dauber} (Zo["o]l.), a mud wasp; the {mud-dauber}. {Mud devil} (Zo["o]l.), the fellbender. {Mud drum} (Steam Boilers), a drum beneath a boiler, into which sediment and mud in the water can settle for removal. {Mud eel} (Zo["o]l.), a long, slender, aquatic amphibian ({Siren lacertina}), found in the Southern United States. It has persistent external gills and only the anterior pair of legs. See {Siren}. {Mud frog} (Zo["o]l.), a European frog ({Pelobates fuscus}). {Mud hen}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The American coot ({Fulica Americana}). (b) The clapper rail. {Mud lark}, a person who cleans sewers, or delves in mud. [Slang] {Mud minnow} (Zo["o]l.), any small American fresh-water fish of the genus {Umbra}, as {Umbra limi}. The genus is allied to the pickerels. {Mud plug}, a plug for stopping the mudhole of a boiler. {Mud puppy} (Zo["o]l.), the menobranchus. {Mud scow}, a heavy scow, used in dredging; a mud boat. [U.S.] {Mud turtle}, {Mud tortoise} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of fresh-water tortoises of the United States. {Mud wasp} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of hymenopterous insects belonging to {Pep[ae]us}, and allied genera, which construct groups of mud cells, attached, side by side, to stones or to the woodwork of buildings, etc. The female places an egg in each cell, together with spiders or other insects, paralyzed by a sting, to serve as food for the larva. Called also {mud dauber}. [1913 Webster]

Mud \Mud\, v. t. 1. To bury in mud. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To make muddy or turbid. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

MUD {Multi-User Dimension} or "Multi-User Domain". Originally "Multi-User Dungeon". [{Jargon File}] (1995-04-16)

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Quicksand

Quicksand is a colloid hydrogel consisting of fine granular material (such as sand or silt), clay, and water.

quicksand n 1: a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroy 2: a pit filled with loose wet sand into which objects are sucked down

110 Moby Thesaurus words for "quicksand": baygall, bind, bog, bottom, bottomland, bottoms, breakers ahead, buffalo wallow, cardhouse, cause for alarm, clutch, complication, coral heads, crisis, crunch, danger, dangerous ground, embarrassing position, embarrassment, emergency, endangerment, everglade, fen, fenland, fine how-do-you-do, gaping chasm, gathering clouds, glade, hazard, hell to pay, hobble, hog wallow, holm, hot water, house of cards, how-do-you-do, imbroglio, imperilment, ironbound coast, jam, jeopardy, ledges, lee shore, marais, marish, marsh, marshland, meadow, menace, mere, mess, mire, mix, moor, moorland, morass, moss, mud, mud flat, parlous straits, pass, peat bog, peril, pickle, pinch, pitfall, plight, predicament, pretty pass, pretty pickle, pretty predicament, quagmire, quicksands, risk, rockbound coast, rocks, rocks ahead, salt marsh, sandbank, sandbar, sands, scrape, shallows, shoals, slob land, slough, sough, spot, squeeze, stew, sticky wicket, storm clouds, strait, straits, sump, swale, swamp, swampland, taiga, thin ice, threat, tight spot, tight squeeze, tightrope, tricky spot, undercurrent, undertow, unholy mess, wallow, wash

Quicksand \Quick"sand`\, n. Sand easily moved or readily yielding to pressure; especially, a deep mass of loose or moving sand mixed with water, sometimes found at the mouth of a river or along some coasts, and very dangerous, from the difficulty of extricating a person who begins sinking into it. [1913 Webster] Life hath quicksands, -- Life hath snares! --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

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Data Sources:

  • mud: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • mud: Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002)
  • mud: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • mud: Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001)
  • mud: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • mud: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • mud: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • quicksand: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • quicksand: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • quicksand: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • quicksand: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)

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