moat

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noun \ˈmōt\

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 <The moat can be crossed by a drawbridge.>

  2. 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

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Origin and Etymology of moat

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


First Known Use: 14th century


MOAT Defined for English Language Learners

moat

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noun \ˈmōt\

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

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



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