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moor

noun \ ˈmu̇r \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of moor

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

Examples of moor in a Sentence

  1. as she wanders the windswept moor, the novel's heroine vows that she will never marry the vicar

  2. a mysterious figure who was said to have haunted the moors of southwest England

Recent Examples of moor from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of moor

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


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moor

verb

Definition of moor

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

Examples of moor in a Sentence

  1. We found a harbor and moored the boat there for the night.

  2. The boat was moored alongside the dock.

  3. We need to find a place to moor for the night.

Recent Examples of moor from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of moor

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

moor Synonyms

Synonyms
anchor, catch, clamp, fix, hitch, fasten, secure, set
Antonyms
loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen
Related Words
embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, stuff, wedge
Near Antonyms
extract, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, wrest, yank

Other Nautical Terms


Moor

noun \ ˈmu̇r \

Definition of Moor

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

Moorish

play \-ish\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of moor

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

Other Anthropology Terms


MOOR Defined for English Language Learners

moor

noun

Definition of moor for English Language Learners

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


moor

verb

Definition of moor for English Language Learners

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


Moor

noun

Definition of Moor for English Language Learners

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


MOOR Defined for Kids

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moor

noun \ ˈmu̇r \

Definition of moor for Students

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

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moor

verb

Definition of moor for Students

moored; mooring
: to fasten in place with cables, lines, or anchors
  • moor a boat


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