Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To fix in place; secure. See Synonyms at fasten.
  • intransitive v. To secure a vessel or an aircraft with lines or anchors.
  • intransitive 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.

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  • 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. To cast anchor or become fastened.
  • v. 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. To secure or fix firmly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a mixed race inhabiting Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli, chiefly along the coast and in towns.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To cast anchor; to become fast.
  • transitive v. To fix or secure, as a vessel, in a particular place by casting anchor, or by fastening with cables or chains
  • transitive v. Fig.: To secure, or fix firmly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • A dialectal form of more.
  • 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.
  • n. The act of mooring.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English moren.
Middle English mor, from Old English mōr.

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Old English mōr. Cognates include Dutch moer, German Moor and perhaps also Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐍂𐌴𐌹 (marei). See mere.

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From the imperfect past participle moored; present participle and verbal noun mooring. Probably from middle Dutch marren "to tie, fasten or moor a ship" (now only means to procrastinate; > modern terms (aan)meren). See mar.

Examples

  • To pray. _v.a. _ To drive all the cattle into one herd in a moor; _to pray the moor_, to search for lost cattle.

    The Dialect of the West of England; Particularly Somersetshire

  • 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.

    Melchior's Dream and Other Tales

  • The moor is now home to a herd of goats and over 25 black slugs.

    Inverness « Mad Dave and Lil

  • I think running water is much more attractive in moor and mountain country than in the fat and sluggish South.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • 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 Moor

  • The floor of the moor is a thousand feet above the surrounding Devonshire countryside, from which it rises abruptly.

    The Moor

  • On the moor was a throng of phantoms flitting on Petru's right and left hand, before and behind him.

    Roumanian Fairy Tales

  • 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.

    Certain Noble Plays of Japan From the manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa

  • 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.

    Moor Fires

  • The drive across the wonderfulness of the moor was a soothing thing.

    The Secret Garden

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