• Immure


    • Rhymes: -ʊə(r)


    From Middle French emmurer, from Old French, from Latin immurare, from im, combining variant of in ("in"), + mūrus ("wall").

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    1. (transitive) To cloister, confine, imprison: to lock up behind walls.
      • 1799, Mary Meeke, Elleſmere: A Novel, Volume IV, William Lane (publisher), pages 219–220:The gentlemen looked at each other for a ſolution of this ſtrange event, each preſuming an order had been obtained to again immure the unfortunate Clara.
      • 1880, Rosina Bulwer Lytton, , Preface,In a happy moment for the Levy-Lawson-Levis, Lady Lytton was betrayed, seized, and immured. The Editor saw his chance, and made the Metropolis ring with the outrage. Levi was saved; so also was Lady Lytton.
      • 1914, Emily Dickinson, , in The Single Hound, republished 1924, Martha Dickinson Bianchi (introduction), The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson,Immured in Heaven!
        What a Cell!
        Let every Bondage be,
        Thou sweetest of the Universe,
        Like that which ravished thee!
      • 1933 December, Albert H. Cotton, “A Note on the Civil Remedies of Injured Consumers”, in David F. Cavers (editor), Duke University School of Law, Law and Contemporary Problems, Volume I Number I, Duke University Press (1934), page 71:This rule is followed in all common-law jurisdictions, although it was not adopted by the House of Lords until 1932, and then only with vigorous dissent, in a case where a mouse was immured in a ginger-beer bottle.
    2. (transitive) To put or bury within a wall.John's body was immured Thursday in the mausoleum.
    3. (transitive, crystallography and geology, of a growing crystal) To trap or capture (an impurity); chiefly in the participial adjective immured and gerund or gerundial noun immuring.


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    (plural immures)
    1. (obsolete) A wall; an enclosure.
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