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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MOOR, n.
1. A tract of land overrun with heath.
2. A marsh; a fen; a tract of wet low ground, or ground covered with stagnant water.
MOOR, n. [Gr. dark, obscure.] A native of the northern coast of Africa, called by the Romans from the color of the people, Mauritania, the country of dark-complexioned people. The same country is now called Morocco, Tunis, Algiers, etc.
MOOR, v.t. [L. moror.] To confine or secure a ship in a particular station, as by cables and anchors or by chains. A ship is never said to be moored, when she rides by a single anchor.
MOOR, v.i. To be confined by cables or chains.
On oozy ground his galleys moor.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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
2: open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss [syn: moor, moorland] v
1: secure in or as if in a berth or dock; "tie up the boat" [syn: moor, berth, tie up]
2: come into or dock at a wharf; "the big ship wharfed in the evening" [syn: moor, berth, wharf]
3: secure with cables or ropes; "moor the boat"

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English More, from Anglo-French, from Latin Maurus inhabitant of Mauretania Date: 14th century 1. one of the Arab and Berber conquerors of Spain 2. Berber Moorish adjective

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English mor, from Old English m?r; akin to Old High German muor moor Date: before 12th century 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 II. verb Etymology: Middle English moren; akin to Middle Dutch meren, maren to tie, moor Date: 15th century 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a member of a Muslim people of mixed Berber and Arab descent, inhabiting NW Africa. Etymology: ME f. OF More f. L Maurus f. Gk Mauros inhabitant of Mauretania, a region of N. Africa

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. 1 a tract of open uncultivated upland, esp. when covered with heather. 2 a tract of ground preserved for shooting. 3 US a fen. Derivatives: moorish adj. moory adj. Etymology: OE mor waste land, marsh, mountain, f. Gmc 2. v. 1 tr. make fast (a boat, buoy, etc.) by attaching a cable etc. to a fixed object. 2 intr. (of a boat) be moored. Derivatives: moorage n. Etymology: ME more, prob. f. LG or MLG moren

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Moor Moor, n. [F. More, Maure, L. Maurus a Moor, a Mauritanian, an inhabitant of Mauritania, Gr. ?; cf. ? black, dark. Cf. Morris a dance, Morocco.] 1. One of a mixed race inhabiting Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli, chiefly along the coast and in towns. 2. (Hist.) Any individual of the swarthy races of Africa or Asia which have adopted the Mohammedan religion. ``In Spanish history the terms Moors, Saracens, and Arabs are synonymous.'' --Internat. Cyc.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See Mere a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath. In her girlish age she kept sheep on the moor. --Carew. 2. A game preserve consisting of moorland. Moor buzzard (Zo["o]l.), the marsh harrier. [Prov. Eng.] Moor coal (Geol.), a friable variety of lignite. Moor cock (Zo["o]l.), the male of the moor fowl or red grouse of Europe. Moor coot. (Zo["o]l.) See Gallinule. Moor fowl. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The European ptarmigan, or red grouse (Lagopus Scoticus). (b) The European heath grouse. See under Heath. Moor game. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Moor fowl (above). Moor grass (Bot.), a tufted perennial grass (Sesleria c[ae]rulea), found in mountain pastures of Europe. Moor hawk (Zo["o]l.), the marsh harrier. Moor hen. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The female of the moor fowl. (b) A gallinule, esp. the European species. See Gallinule. (c) An Australian rail (Tribonyx ventralis). Moor monkey (Zo["o]l.), the black macaque of Borneo (Macacus maurus). Moor titling (Zo["o]l.), the European stonechat (Pratinocola rubicola).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Moor Moor, v. i. To cast anchor; to become fast. On oozy ground his galleys moor. --Dryden.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Moor Moor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Moored; p. pr. & vb. n. Mooring.] [Prob. fr. D. marren to tie, fasten, or moor a ship. See Mar.] 1. (Naut.) 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. 2. Fig.: To secure, or fix firmly. --Brougham.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(moors, mooring, moored) 1. A moor is an area of open and usually high land with poor soil that is covered mainly with grass and heather. (mainly BRIT) Colliford is higher, right up on the moors... Exmoor National Park stretches over 265 square miles of moor. N-VAR 2. If you moor a boat somewhere, you stop and tie it to the land with a rope or chain so that it cannot move away. She had moored her barge on the right bank of the river... I decided to moor near some tourist boats. = tie up VERB: V n, V 3. The Moors were a Muslim people who established a civilization in North Africa and Spain between the 8th and the 15th century A.D. N-COUNT: usu pl 4. see also mooring

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Heath, extensive waste. 2. Mauritanian. 3. Blackamoor, negro, colored person. II. v. a. Secure, fasten, fix firmly.

Moby Thesaurus

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