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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
tie up/moor a boat (=tie it to something so that it stays in one place)
▪ You can tie up the boat to that tree.
▪ How much does it cost to moor a boat here?
▪ She must get him on to his feet and down from the high moor before the impending storm.
▪ Go left here, along the valley floor before turning left again to return to your start point over the high moors.
▪ When the laundry maid had told her he had been married, she had gone up to the high moors and wept.
▪ We were now on the cold, open moor.
▪ The beautiful green fields with their thick hedges were behind us, and we were now on the cold, open moor.
▪ The open moors now bore the names and the marks of their Covenant spirit.
▪ Sometimes you hear them in the call of the curlew across the vast open moor.
▪ I was alone on the open moor, with no money or possessions.
▪ But why did he come out on to the moor?
▪ Then a terrible cry came across the moor.
▪ I came over the moors through the snow to the Grange.
▪ He was waiting for them with his barge by the first footbridge over the canal as they came down from the moor.
▪ I can not tell you why, but please do what I ask you, and never come near the moor again.
▪ In the afternoons, my servant, Tabby, took them for long walks on the moors behind the house.
▪ I walked out on the moors behind the house.
▪ I walked across the moors as fast as I could, and arrived breathless at Wuthering Heights.
▪ And so Branwell spent more and more time drinking, and taking laudanum, and walking alone on the moors.
▪ And I was very worried that neither of us would be with Sir Henry when he walked across the moor that night.
▪ Ross and Jackson had walked off the moor and returned to base.
▪ Then on we walked, over heather moor land now.
▪ He was holding a light in his hand and looking out on to the moor.
▪ I can not tell you why, but please do what I ask you, and never come near the moor again.
▪ I put on my coat and went for a long walk on the moor.
▪ One night he was over the moors around North Stainmore and had to return home at dead of night.
▪ The cottage, with its lichen-covered roof, looked as though it had grown out of the moor.
▪ The road fizzled out at a gate plastered with fire hazard warnings, leading on to the moor itself.
▪ These tough animals, who live on the moors year round, were once used extensively in the coal mines.
▪ By using fixed mooring systems for boats.
▪ Soon after, lifeguards gave up their search and ordered the crew to moor their patrol boat.
▪ David, who cruises with his wife and two children, moors the boat on the canal next to his home at Warrington.
▪ Average working people subsidize the affluent to play golf and tennis or moor their boats.
▪ Two battleships were moored to the east of Ford Island.
▪ Merrill watched them walk across to where a group of small dinghies was moored.
▪ Soon after, lifeguards gave up their search and ordered the crew to moor their patrol boat.
▪ The dahabeeyah had moored for the night and the three girls had been up on the top deck enjoying the evening breeze.
▪ The herring fleet was moored well inland, and the water was oil-tarnished.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Moor \Moor\ (m[=oo]r), n. [F. More, Maure, L. Maurus a Moor, a Mauritanian, an inhabitant of Mauritania, Gr. May^ros; cf. may^ros 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.


Moor \Moor\ (m[=oo]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Moored (m[=oo]rd); 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.


Moor \Moor\, v. i. To cast anchor; to become fast.

On oozy ground his galleys moor.


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.

  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 game. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Moor fowl. 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.)

    1. The female of the moor fowl.

    2. A gallinule, esp. the European species. See Gallinule.

    3. 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).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"North African, Berber," late 14c., from Old French More, from Medieval Latin Morus, from Latin Maurus "inhabitant of Mauritania" (northwest Africa, a region now corresponding to northern Algeria and Morocco), from Greek Mauros, perhaps a native name, or else cognate with mauros "black" (but this adjective only appears in late Greek and may as well be from the people's name as the reverse). Being a dark people in relation to Europeans, their name in the Middle Ages was a synonym for "Negro;" later (16c.-17c.) used indiscriminately of Muslims (Persians, Arabs, etc.) but especially those in India.


"to fasten (a vessel) by a cable," late 15c., probably related to Old English mærels "mooring rope," via unrecorded *mærian "to moor," or possibly borrowed from Middle Low German moren or Middle Dutch maren "to moor," from West Germanic *mairojan. Related: Moored, mooring. French amarrer is from Dutch.


"waste ground," Old English mor "morass, swamp," from Proto-Germanic *mora- (cognates: Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch meer "swamp," Old High German muor "swamp," also "sea," German Moor "moor," Old Norse mörr "moorland," marr "sea"), perhaps related to mere (n.), or from root *mer- "to die," hence "dead land."\n\nThe basic sense in place names is 'marsh', a kind of low-lying wetland possibly regarded as less fertile than mersc 'marsh.' The development of the senses 'dry heathland, barren upland' is not fully accounted for but may be due to the idea of infertility.

[Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]


Etymology 1 n. 1 an extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath 2 a game preserve consisting of moorland Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To cast anchor or become fastened. 2 (context transitive nautical English) 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''. 3 (context transitive English) To secure or fix firmly.


Moor may refer to:

Moor (film)

Moor (, , meaning Mother) is a 2015 Pakistani drama film directed, written by Jami and co-produced by Nazira Ali, Nadeem Mandviwalla and Jami under the production banner of Azad Film Company and Mandviwalla Entertainment. The film stars Hameed Sheikh in lead along with Samiya Mumtaz, Shaz Khan, Nayyar Ejaz, Ayaz Samoo and Abdul Qadir in lead roles. The film's title, Moor, is a Pashto word meaning " Mother". Moor was previously named as Morqaye.(maan sahiba) Film's story depicts the railway system of Balochistan, especially the closure of Zhob valley railways in 1984. Besides the movie shows how families are run by the women. According to the director of the movie, the film depicts living through the problems faced by Pakistan.

The film was released nationwide by Geo films on August 14, 2015 ( Pakistan Independence Day). It was selected to premiere at 20th Busan International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Pakistani entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.

Usage examples of "moor".

Moored to her bed, the ailing Lina Greff could neither escape nor leave me, for her ailment, though chronic, was not serious enough to snatch Lina, my teacher Lina, away from me prematurely.

I started at the sight -- children and weapons was a mix I learned to avoid even when I was a child myself, learning to handle power weapons while our caravan rumbled its way across the Hyperion moors -- but Alem smiled and took the pistol from the boy, patting him on the back.

And before she had any time to prepare herself for it, there they stood on the embankment, with the Grand Canal opening resplendently before them in gleaming amorphous blues and greens and olives and silvers, and the tottering palace fronts of marble and inlay leaning over to look at their faces in it, and the mooring poles, top-heavy, striped, lantern-headed, bristling outside the doorways in the cobalt-shadowed water, and the sudden bunches of piles propped together like drunks holding one another up outside an English pub after closing time.

Asara kissed her hard, harder, and Kaiku felt a pain inside her, as if some organ in her breast were about to rip free, her heart about to tear from its aortal mooring.

She would be swinging in the midst of them, with one tiny black maiden on the seat beside her, and one little black man with high stomach and shaven poll holding on to the rope behind her, and another mighty Moor in a diminutive white jellab pushing at their feet in front, and all laughing together, or the children singing as the swing rose, and she herself listening with head aslant and all her fair hair rip-rip-rippling down her back and over her neck, and her smiling white face resting on her shoulder.

I gave the boat a cleansing with baler and sponge, redded her up after a fashion, and finally moored her off with a shore-line, some twenty yards out on the placid water.

Now for a naked man, with a knife, and bedabbled with blood, to address a young woman on a lonely moor is a delicate business.

In the hall they passed the Moor, and Bibbs paused before it while white-jacket opened the door with a flourish and waved condescendingly to the chauffeur in the car which stood waiting in the driveway.

George chuckled, perfectly understanding that for some unknown reason Bibbs enjoyed hearing him repeat his opinion of the Moor.

We passed through scattered belts of pinewood, where the wild cat howled and the owl screeched, and across broad stretches of fenland and moor, where the silence was only broken by the booming cry of the bittern or the fluttering of wild duck far above our heads.

Men had been fighting on that high boggy moor for as many years as Soldier had been in Guthrum.

Beloved of her foster-child, she had become perpetually installed at Court, married to a wealthy Moor named Cabane, who was raised to the dignity of Grand Seneschal of the kingdom, whereby the sometime washerwoman found herself elevated to the rank of one of the first ladies of Naples.

I was thinking of the Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire for Capella, and the Hurlers on Bodmin Moor for Vega.

The four of them on the height turned to survey the fair-sized host gathered by the bank of the canal, which must somehow have become wider, for at least half a dozen ships were moored in it -- a Spanish carack, a Phoenician galley, even a dim shape that seemed to be a Roman bireme.

During the warmer seasons the River People lived on a floating dock moored just below, but in winter they moved up to the high terrace and shared the dwellings of ceremonially joined cross-cousins.