noun Date: 1685 1. a supporting sill (as of a building or bridge) resting directly on a base and especially the earth 2. a person of the lowest social level

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  • mudsill — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : the lowest sill of a structure (as of a house, bridge, dam) usually embedded in soil or mud 2. : a person of the lowest stratum of society a mudsill like me trying to push in and help Mark Twain all classes and conditions of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mudsill — noun a) The lowest sill of a structure, usually placed in or on the ground. The Pre Historic Era represented the mudsill of human development. b) A particularly low or dirty place/state; the nadir of something (see rock bottom) …   Wiktionary

  • mudsill — /mud sil /, n. the lowest sill of a structure, usually placed in or on the ground. Also called footplate. [1675 85; MUD + SILL] * * * …   Universalium

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