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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But, before she could shoot, Rupert jumped over the side of the bridge, and down into the moat below.
▪ He could not understand why he should not put them in the moats.
▪ It was surrounded by a 100-foot-wide moat, crossed by causeways lined by statues of soldiers and elephants.
▪ No one spoke of it but it was there, like a little moat between us, widening each day.
▪ Silently, he went down into the water and swam across the moat.
▪ The far end of his cell faced the moat, where executions took place.
▪ The new north front was built rising directly from the moat.
▪ To the south-west, a deep moat, spanned by a drawbridge, completed defences.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ditch \Ditch\ (?; 224), n.; pl. Ditches. [OE. dich, orig. the same word as dik. See Dike.]

  1. A trench made in the earth by digging, particularly a trench for draining wet land, for guarding or fencing inclosures, or for preventing an approach to a town or fortress. In the latter sense, it is called also a moat or a fosse.

  2. Any long, narrow receptacle for water on the surface of the earth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., from Old French mote "mound, hillock, embankment; castle built on a hill" (12c.; Modern French motte), from Medieval Latin mota "mound, fortified height," of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish mutt, mutta. Sense shifted in Norman French from the castle mound to the ditch dug around it. As a verb, "to surround with a moat," early 15c.


n. 1 A deep, wide defensive ditch, normally filled with water, surrounding a fortified habitation. 2 An aspect of a business which makes it more "defensible" from competitors, either because of the nature of its products, services, franchise or other reason.


n. ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water [syn: fosse]


A moat is a deep, broad ditch, either dry or filled with water, that surrounds a castle, fortification, building or town, historically to provide it with a preliminary line of defence. In some places moats evolved into more extensive water defences, including natural or artificial lakes, dams and sluices. In older fortifications, such as hillforts, they are usually referred to simply as ditches, although the function is similar. In later periods, moats or water defences may be largely ornamental. They could also act as sewerage.

Moat (disambiguation)

A moat is a type of fortification.

Moat or Moats may also refer to:

Moat (surname)

Moat is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • John Moat (1936–2014), British poet
  • Raoul Moat (1973–2010), perpetrator of the 2010 Northumbria Police manhunt
  • Richard Moat, Chief Executive Officer of Eircom
  • William Pollock Moat (1827–1895), politician

Usage examples of "moat".

Besides acquiring by arms such a noble territory in France, besides defending it against continual attempts of the French monarch and all its neighbors, besides exerting many acts of vigor under their present sovereign, they had, about this very time, revived their ancient fame, by the most hazardous exploits, and the moat wonderful successes, in the other extremity of Europe.

A single adamantine bridge, a narrow slab of metal without guardrails and wide enough for only two or three men abreast, spanned the moat.

Sevilla with some muledrivers who had decided to stop at the inn that night, and since everything our adventurer thought, saw, or imagined seemed to happen according to what he had read, as soon as he saw the inn it appeared to him to be a castle complete with four towers and spires of gleaming silver, not to mention a drawbridge and deep moat and all the other details depicted on such castles.

This made Raymo a figure of respect among his fellow prisoners during the twenty months they would spend in the fortress of La Cabana listening to rifle reports from the moat, where the executions took place, each crisp volley followed by a precise echo, an afterclap, as the prisoners thought about the dog that lived in the moat, lapping up blood.

The arquebusiers poured their fire into them as they crossed the moat, and then fell back behind their comrades, who were armed with pike and sword.

He had the musket loaded by now and he approached the window, wanting in the worst way to look to the right, towards Byward Tower and the causeway over the Moat.

Midsummer, as I was fishing and watching the glimmer chafers in the great fishpool above our moat, with Rosamond and our loved Jacinth by my side, that a rider appeared before the drawbridge, charged with a message from King Edward, commanding me to attend him forthwith at Malvern Magna, whither he had journeyed accompanied by his Queen, his son the Prince of Wales, and the Princess Elizabeth.

Add a little detergent to the water to make this ant moat even more impenetrable.

Below appeared a sheer drop of a hundred feet into a moat winding through thickets of heavy-scented convolvulus flowers to the waterways beyond.

But on the other hand they were as broad as they were high, built entirely of dressed stone, hewn, no doubt, from the vast caves, and surrounded by a great moat about sixty feet in width, some reaches of which were still filled with water.

They had been readying gabions, great basketwork tubes woven from willow that were filled with earth and stones, and the plan was to fill the moat with the gabions and then swarm over the resultant bridge to assault the gatehouse.

The Count had cross- bowmen of his own and they were protected by pavises, full-length shields carried by a second man to protect the archer while he laboriously wound the cord of the crossbow, but the men throwing the gabions had no protection once their burdens were thrown and eight of them died before the rest realized that the moat really was too deep and that there were not nearly enough gabions.

The raising of the bridge exposed the twenty-yard-wide moat, which teemed with magarmach and gharial and deva-knew-what other water-dwelling predators.

I have been thinking of establishing a small hospitium in that old weaving shed near the moat.

A farmer from beyond the protection of the moat came to tell the king of Kish of a terrifying encounter on the banks of the Euphrates.