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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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


Middle English moren.
Middle English mor, from Old English mōr.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English mōr. Cognates include Dutch moer, German Moor and perhaps also Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐍂𐌴𐌹 (marei). See mere. (Wiktionary)
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. (Wiktionary)


  • 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.

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  • 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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