\ ˈmu̇r How to pronounce moor (audio) \

Definition of moor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 chiefly British : an expanse of open rolling infertile land
2 : a boggy area especially : one that is peaty and dominated by grasses and sedges

moor

verb
moored; mooring; moors

Definition of moor (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make fast with or as if with cables, lines, or anchors : anchor

intransitive verb

1 : to secure a boat by mooring : anchor
2 : to be made fast
\ ˈmu̇r How to pronounce Moor (audio) \

Definition of Moor (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : one of the Arab and Berber conquerors of Spain
2 : berber

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Other Words from moor

Noun (2)

Moorish \ ˈmu̇r-​ish How to pronounce Moorish (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for moor

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of moor in a Sentence

Noun (1) as she wanders the windswept moor, the novel's heroine vows that she will never marry the vicar a mysterious figure who was said to have haunted the moors of southwest England Verb We found a harbor and moored the boat there for the night. The boat was moored alongside the dock. We need to find a place to moor for the night.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun George, 7, watched the adults take part in the shoot on the 7,000-acre grouse moor at Corgarff — about 10 miles from the castle. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince George Goes on Traditional Grouse Shoot with Kate Middleton and Prince William in Scotland," 1 Sep. 2020 If the purple moor-grasses that dominate British peatland were pared back by hungry ponies, this carbon sink phenomenon would be even more pronounced, Fraser said. NBC News, "Who's set to win when U.K. leaves EU? Wild ponies," 3 May 2020 While exploring the island’s 2,000 acres of pristine moor, wild hills, secluded paths, and woodland, book a stay at Shepherd's Cottage, one of eight cottages available to rent. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 Maybe their bloodline spirits crossed, perhaps hundreds of years ago across a highland moor, their prey the red grouse. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Bird dogs and raptors seem to share an ancient connection," 8 Mar. 2020 The top proposal spots can be anything: a restaurant with a pretty vista, or a historic building with gorgeous architecture, or even a dramatic moor that looks like a scene straight out of Wuthering Heights. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "Finally, A Job You Can Be Married To: Get Paid To Find The Best Proposal Spots in Europe," 4 Feb. 2020 In place of damp meadows, narrow winding roads and ravenous hunger, the setting is a series of abstract backdrops that hint at a windy moor; the obstacles Jane faces on her route are the men of the Joffrey Ballet. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Joffrey’s cast is terrific in ‘Jane Eyre,’ but bring your crib sheet," 17 Oct. 2019 Evelyn’s father’s farm, adjoining the edge of the moor above the town, had been passed on, without even a discussion, through the male line, to her brother first and then to her brother’s son. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, "The Bunty Club," 21 Oct. 2019 The head butler will set you up with archery, falconry, riding, hikes on the moors, golf, or salmon fishing (for which Lismore is legendary). Wendy Perrin, Town & Country, "18 Jaw-Dropping Private Villas You Can Rent Around the World," 17 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One scene required the Zephyr One to land in the south end of Manhattan along the harbor where boats would moor, with a view across the water to New Brunswick, New Jersey. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes final bow with high-octane journey through time," 14 Aug. 2020 The Grand Princess was forced to moor off the California coast after 21 people tested positive for the virus. NBC News, "Most cruise lines don't pay taxes in the U.S. — just one of the reasons they aren't getting a bailout," 31 Mar. 2020 But many of Brazil’s beaches are closed, which means that Gabriel Medina, a two-time world champion and last year’s runner-up, is moored on dry land in Maresias, a beach town in São Paulo state. Adam Skolnick, New York Times, "The Coronavirus Swell: Surf’s Up. Stay at Home.," 28 Apr. 2020 The Polarstern’s crew moored the ship to a large ice floe in October 2019, and the ship has been moving with it ever since. Anchorage Daily News, "A scientific expedition to the top of the earth," 15 Mar. 2020 Less than a week later, the ship was moored at Naval Base San Diego, with 243 of its roughly 330 sailors evacuated from the vessel. Andrew Dyer, Los Angeles Times, "Navy took lessons from coronavirus outbreaks on three other ships to act quickly aboard Kidd," 3 May 2020 For 25 years, an oceanographic buoy named Peggy has been moored in the middle of the Bering Sea collecting data on ocean conditions for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "Searching for the World's Most Endangered Whale," 27 Apr. 2020 Last week, another Princess cruise ship, the Grand Princess, was moored off the coast of San Francisco after U.S. health officials found that 21 passengers had tested positive for coronavirus. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Princess Cruises suspends all voyages for two months," 12 Mar. 2020 But his interests were not moored to the earth’s surface. George Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Freeman Dyson, physicist who wrestled with moral questions, dies," 29 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of moor

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moor

Noun (1)

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

Verb

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

Noun (2)

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

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The first known use of moor was before the 12th century

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10 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Moor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moor. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for moor

moor

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of moor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

moor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of moor (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Moor

noun
How to pronounce Moor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Moor (Entry 3 of 3)

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

moor

noun
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Kids Definition of moor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

moor

verb
moored; mooring

Kids Definition of moor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten in place with cables, lines, or anchors moor a boat

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