Moor is defined as a large open marsh land.noun
An example of moor is an expanse between two farm houses that doesn't drain well.
Moor means to secure something in place.verb
An example of moor is dropping an anchor off the side of a boat.
The definition of a moor is a member of a Muslim people of Berber and Arab descent living in Northwest Africa.noun
An example of moor is the hero Othello in Shakespeare's play.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a tract of open, rolling wasteland, usually covered with heather and often marshy or peaty; heath
- a tract of land with game preserves
Origin: ME more < OE mor, wasteland, akin to LowG mor < IE base *mori-, sea > marsh, mere, L mare, sea: basic sense “swampy coastland”
- to hold (a ship, etc.) in place by cables or chains attached as to a pier or special buoy (), or by two anchors
- to cause to be held in place; secure
Origin: Early ModE < or akin to MDu maren, LowG moren, to tie
- to moor a ship, etc.
- to be secured as by cables
- a member of a Muslim people of mixed Arab and Berber descent living in NW Africa
- a member of a group from this people that invaded and occupied Spain in the 8th cent.
Origin: ME More < OFr More, Maure < L Maurus, a Moor, Mauritanian < Gr Mauros
- Moorish adjective
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verb moored, moor·ing, moors verb, transitive
- 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.
- To fix in place; secure. See Synonyms at fasten.
- To secure a vessel or an aircraft with lines or anchors.
- To be secured with lines or anchors: The freighter moored alongside the wharf.
Origin: Middle English moren.
Origin: Middle English mor, from Old English mōr.
- A member of a Muslim people of mixed Berber and Arab descent, now living chiefly in northwest Africa.
- One of the Muslims who invaded Spain in the 8th century and established a civilization in Andalusia that lasted until the late 15th century.
Origin: Middle English More, from Old French, from Medieval Latin Mōrus, from Latin Maurus, Mauritanian, from Greek Mauros.