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moor

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noun \ˈmu̇r\

Simple Definition of moor

  • : a broad area of open land that is not good for farming

Full Definition of moor

  1. 1 chiefly British :  an expanse of open rolling infertile land

  2. 2 :  a boggy area; especially :  one that is peaty and dominated by grasses and sedges

Examples of moor

  1. <as she wanders the windswept moor, the novel's heroine vows that she will never marry the vicar>

  2. <a mysterious figure who was said to have haunted the moors of southwest England>



Origin of moor

Middle English mor, from Old English mōr; akin to Old High German muor moor


First Known Use: before 12th century


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moor

verb

Simple Definition of moor

  • : to hold (a boat or ship) in place with ropes or cables or with an anchor

Full Definition of moor

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make fast with or as if with cables, lines, or anchors :  anchor

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to secure a boat by mooring :  anchor

  5. 2 :  to be made fast

Examples of moor

  1. We found a harbor and moored the boat there for the night.

  2. The boat was moored alongside the dock.

  3. We need to find a place to moor for the night.



Origin of moor

Middle English moren; akin to Middle Dutch meren, maren to tie, moor


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Nautical Terms


Moor

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noun \ˈmu̇r\

Simple Definition of Moor

  • : a member of a group of North African Arab people who ruled parts of Spain from the eighth century until 1492

Full Definition of Moor

  1. 1 :  one of the Arab and Berber conquerors of Spain

  2. 2 :  berber

Moor·ish play \-ish\ adjective

Origin of moor

Middle English More, from Anglo-French, from Latin Maurus inhabitant of Mauretania


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Anthropology Terms


MOOR Defined for Kids

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moor

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noun \ˈmu̇r\

Definition of moor

  1. :  an area of open land that is too wet or too poor for farming




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moor

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verb

Definition of moor

mooredmoor·ing

  1. :  to fasten in place with cables, lines, or anchors <moor a boat>





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