American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make fast (a vessel, for example) by means of cables, anchors, or lines: moor a ship to a dock; a dirigible moored to a tower.
- v. To fix in place; secure. See Synonyms at fasten.
- v. To secure a vessel or an aircraft with lines or anchors.
- v. To be secured with lines or anchors: The freighter moored alongside the wharf.
- n. A broad area of open land, often high but poorly drained, with patches of heath and peat bogs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tract of open, untilled, and more or less elevated land, often overrun with heath.
- n. A tract of land on which game is strictly preserved for the purposes of sport.
- n. Any uninclosed ground.
- n. Synonyms Morass, etc. See marsh.
- To confine or secure (a ship) in a particular station, as by cables and anchors or by lines; specifically, to secure (a ship) by placing the anchors so that she will ride between them, thus occupying the smallest possible space in swinging round.
- To secure; fix firmly.
- To be held by cables or chains.
- To fasten or anchor a boat or ship.
- n. The act of mooring.
- A dialectal form of more.
- n. One of a dark race dwelling in Barbary in northern Africa. They derive their name from the ancient Mauri or Mauritanians (see Mauritanian), but the present Moors are a mixed race, chiefly of Arab and Mauritanian origin. The name is applied especially to the dwellers in the cities. The Arabic conquerors of Spain were called Moors.
- n. A dark-colored person generally; a negro; a black.
- n. An officer in the Isle of Man who summons the courts for the several districts or sheadings.
- n. A bailiff of a farm.
- n. an extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath
- n. a game preserve consisting of moorland
- v. intransitive To cast anchor or become fastened.
- v. transitive, nautical To fix or secure, as a vessel, in a particular place by casting anchor, or by fastening with cables or chains; as, the vessel was moored in the stream; they moored the boat to the wharf.
- v. transitive To secure or fix firmly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of a mixed race inhabiting Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli, chiefly along the coast and in towns.
- n. (Hist.) Any individual of the swarthy races of Africa or Asia which have adopted the Mohammedan religion.
- n. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath.
- n. A game preserve consisting of moorland.
- v. (Naut.) To fix or secure, as a vessel, in a particular place by casting anchor, or by fastening with cables or chains
- v. Fig.: To secure, or fix firmly.
- v. To cast anchor; to become fast.
- v. secure with cables or ropes
- v. come into or dock at a wharf
- n. open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss
- n. one of the Muslim people of north Africa; of mixed Arab and Berber descent; converted to Islam in the 8th century; conqueror of Spain in the 8th century
- v. secure in or as if in a berth or dock
- Middle English moren.Middle English mor, from Old English mōr. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To pray. _v.a. _ To drive all the cattle into one herd in a moor; _to pray the moor_, to search for lost cattle.”
“But this year, on this very sunshiny morning, he had announced at breakfast that he could not let us go to what we called our moor-home.”
“The moor is now home to a herd of goats and over 25 black slugs.”
“I think running water is much more attractive in moor and mountain country than in the fat and sluggish South.”
“Postbridge itself was in a little hollow near a river, but the back of this inn faced out over the moor, and the moor was a place transformed, a stark landscape of gentle moonlit hills punctuated by patches of black rock or hollows, quiescent and motionless and unreal.”
“The floor of the moor is a thousand feet above the surrounding Devonshire countryside, from which it rises abruptly.”
“On the moor was a throng of phantoms flitting on Petru's right and left hand, before and behind him.”
“The flowers rain in a gust; it is no racking storm that comes over this green moor, which is afloat, as it would seem, in these waves.”
“For Helen, the moor was a personality with moods flecking the solid substance of its character, and even Miriam, who avowed her hatred of its monotony, had to admit an occasional difference.”
“The drive across the wonderfulness of the moor was a soothing thing.”
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