moor

noun (1)
\ 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

Moor

noun (2)
\ 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 Moor (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 Omar’s cohort stares at a television in an underfurnished room; the four stand in artful compositions, waiting to use a pay phone that sits glowing on the island’s wide moor. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 1 May 2021 Because this bank was shallow and prone to sand deposits, piers perpendicular to the bank were installed into deeper waters for vessels to moor. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, 1 Jan. 2021 Conan Doyle explored the moor with journalist Bertram Fletcher Robinson. Eliza Mcgraw, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2020 George, 7, watched the adults take part in the shoot on the 7,000-acre grouse moor at Corgarff — about 10 miles from Balmoral Castle. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 22 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 8 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The groups also said the temporary decision to moor cruise ships in the industrial port of Marghera still endangers the lagoon and that no long-term plans have been made yet to manage ships and tourism in the city. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 Clusters of seating areas moor the open, airy room, with a Vipp Loft sofa, daybed and custom coffee table at the center. Laura Raskin, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2021 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, 14 Aug. 2020 The Grand Princess was forced to moor off the California coast after 21 people tested positive for the virus. NBC News, 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, 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, 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, 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, 27 Apr. 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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“Moor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moor. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for moor

moor

noun

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

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
\ ˈmu̇r How to pronounce moor (audio) \

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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