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moat

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noun \ˈmōt\

Simple Definition of moat

  • : a deep, wide ditch that is usually filled with water and that goes around the walls of a place (such as a castle) to protect it from being attacked

Full Definition of moat

  1. 1 :  a deep and wide trench around the rampart of a fortified place (as a castle) that is usually filled with water

  2. 2 :  a channel resembling a moat (as about a seamount or for confinement of animals in a zoo)

moat·ed play \ˈmō-təd\ adjective
moat·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin of moat

Middle English mote, from Anglo-French mote, motte mound, moat


First Known Use: 14th century


MOAT Defined for Kids

moat

play
noun \ˈmōt\

Definition of moat

  1. :  a deep wide ditch around the walls of a castle or fort that is usually filled with water




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