moat

noun
\ ˈmōt How to pronounce moat (audio) \

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.

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Other Words from moat

moated \ ˈmō-​təd How to pronounce moated (audio) \ adjective
moatlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce moatlike (audio) \ adjective

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But restoring the old moats meant figuring out a way for visitors to cross them. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Moses Bridge: The Netherlands' Bridge Under Troubled Water," 6 Aug. 2018 While politicians argue over walls, investors might want to focus on moats. Gerrard Cowan, WSJ, "A ‘Wide Moat’ ETF Is Up More Than 9%," 3 Feb. 2019 Perched 400 meters above the Saale valley, its orange-roofed defense towers are surrounded by fortified walls and one seriously cool moat. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 Among these moats: Convenience, data, speed, breadth and flat-out excellent customer service. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Amazon is dominant online, but local retail still has advantages Jeff Bezos can’t replicate," 12 Nov. 2018 The wrap-around moat catches the overfill, but my mess was too much for it. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Waffle Maker for Tiny Kitchen Counters," 13 Nov. 2018 Its vast network of canals, moats, embankments, and reservoirs developed over the next 600 years, helping distribute vital water resources for such uses as irrigation and to help control occasional flooding. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Collapse of ancient city’s water system may have led to its demise," 20 Oct. 2018 Plus Facebook has a strong interest in gamingand the reputation for going out and spending big on companies that can help expand its social networking moat. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 The main entrance of the school is over a footbridge and is bordered on both sides by a moat-like garden that turns into a creek in rainy weather. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Newtown Came Back," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of moat

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moat

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

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moat

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English Language Learners 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

moat

noun
\ ˈmōt How to pronounce moat (audio) \

Kids Definition of moat

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

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