moat

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noun \ ˈmōt \

Definition of moat

1 :a deep and wide trench around the rampart of a fortified place (such as a castle) that is usually filled with water
  • The moat can be crossed by a drawbridge.
2 :a channel resembling a moat (as about a seamount or for confinement of animals in a zoo)
  • A Bengal tiger stared at me from across the moat.

moated

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moatlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of moat

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


MOAT Defined for English Language Learners

moat

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Definition of moat for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MOAT Defined for Kids

moat

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noun \ ˈmōt \

Definition of moat for Students

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


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