moor

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noun (1)

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

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verb

moored; mooring; moors

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

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noun (2)

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier charring their faces to play Shakespeare’s tragic moor Othello. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2022 In the Yorkshire moor, where the middle Brontë was raised and chose to stay long after her sisters left, the weather possesses its own unpredictable temperament. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2022 The question is less a sign of curiosity than an expression of skepticism about life and people outside the moor. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2022 The view from the dining room is already shaping up, as lush mounds of bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii), catmint (Nepeta x faassenii Walker’s Low) and Baptisia Ivory Towers consort with purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea subsp. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2022 One measure would create a six-cents-per-pound tax on fish exports and a six-cent-per-foot mooring fee for any vessels that anchor or moor in Alaska harbors. Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Feb. 2022 Warm moor mud and cocoa essence are the first application followed by a body brushing and fondue before being wrapped in a warm blanket. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 Tramon Thompson, 25, of the 6500 block of S. Kenwood Ave, Chicago, was charged with expired license plate, no valid drivers license, unlawful possession of cannabis by driver and operating an uninsured moor vehicle, at 1:18 p.m. Nov. 4. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, 15 Nov. 2021 When bad things go down in Charles Dickens, the scene is set in a forbidding moor. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021
Verb
After leaving Hong Kong earlier this week, Nord is now en route to South Africa and is expected to moor in Cape Town on November 9, according to Marine Traffic data. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2022 For decades, the valley’s resort aesthetic has featured cascading waterfalls, swimming pools and lakes where residents can water ski or moor their boats at private docks. Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 After that, the ship was moored five miles off the coast of Yemen, where it was used as an F.S.O.—a kind of floating gas station, alongside which other tankers could moor and fill up—at the end of a pipeline that led to Yemen’s oil fields in Marib. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 25 June 2022 The Coast Guard’s Base Los Angeles/Long Beach is still building piers and other shore facilities necessary to moor and maintain the first two Offshore Patrol Cutters. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The company plans to moor a 100-foot-long barge at the site with equipment to support divers and store artifacts that are removed from the water for analysis and documentation. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 The company plans to moor a 100-foot-long barge at the site with equipment to support divers and store artifacts that are removed from the water for analysis and documentation. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Grounds planted with lavender, freesia and olive trees run down to a private beachfront with cabanas on oceanfront decking and two pontoons are ready to moor arriving yachts. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 26 May 2022 The company plans to moor a 100-foot-long barge at the site with equipment to support divers and store artifacts that are removed from the water for analysis and documentation. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Moor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moor. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

moor 1 of 3

noun

: a boggy area
especially : one that is peaty and dominated by grasses and sedges

moor

2 of 3

verb

: to fasten in place with cables, lines, or anchors
moor a boat
moorage
-ij
noun

Moor

3 of 3

noun

: one of a North African people that conquered Spain in the 8th century and ruled until 1492
Moorish adjective

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