Main definitions of moor in English

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moor1

Pronunciation: /mʊə//mɔː/

noun

British
  • 1A tract of open uncultivated upland, typically covered with heather:

    ‘a little town in the moors’
    • ‘The open moors and heaths were another source for other varieties of plants, especially berries, as well as providing areas for sheep and goat grazing.’
    • ‘Also expect a varied landscape with gentle green hills in the south, and more rugged mountains and moors in the north.’
    • ‘The moors are a huge open, treeless upland area covered in heather whose purple flowers can be seen from space when they bloom in late August.’
    • ‘Small streams are common on many moors and upper river catchment areas.’
    • ‘The hamlet is home to about 30 people who take their drinking water from a spring high on the moors above the valley - a source used for centuries.’
    • ‘From last Sunday, parts of England introduced open access to the moors with some 80 per cent of the newly available land made up of rare heather moorland.’
    • ‘More than 300 hectares of moorland will be replanted to restore the moors to their natural beauty.’
    • ‘This is fabulous walking country, a land of far horizons and rare tranquillity with vast areas of rounded hills and heather moors.’
    • ‘I was dreaming of gardens of primrose and moors covered with heather and cottages with honeysuckle over the door.’
    • ‘On the open moor, skylarks were in the nesting season; I saw several at close range, and heard them overhead almost without ceasing.’
    • ‘I move the bees to the heather on the moors when it flowers in August.’
    • ‘What right have we to deny our children and grandchildren the right to enjoy the hills, dales and moors as we have done?’
    • ‘Its landscape of mountains, rugged cliffs, lakes, moors, beaches and bays are ideal for a week's swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing and walking.’
    • ‘The heather on the moors was in full bloom and although there was an autumnal edge to the air the day was almost perfect.’
    • ‘Tonight again snow falls on the mountains and moors.’
    • ‘Summer ended and the moors were soon covered with snow.’
    • ‘Childhood trips to the east coast weren't complete unless my little brother and I caught a glimpse of the steam train across the heather moors.’
    • ‘Judges said his farm was in a beautiful location, with an impressive mix of open moor, meadows and other pasture.’
    • ‘This wide extent of habitats includes upland moors, grassy or boggy open areas in forests and damp grasslands and traditionally managed hayfields particularly in river valleys.’
    • ‘Hills, valleys, moors, and forests across the whole of the British Isles provided varying resources for local human communities.’
    upland, moorland, heath, plateau
    fell, wold
    grouse moor
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    1. 1.1 A moor preserved for shooting:
      ‘a grouse moor’
      • ‘In his early days he fished the river and followed the groups on the bogs but as he grew older his attitude to these sports changed and in later years often bemoaned the absence of the grouse's cackle on the moors in the autumn evenings.’
      • ‘Thousands of shooters will pour on to moors across Britain for the Glorious Twelfth, the traditional start of the grouse-shooting season.’
      • ‘Some of the birds are being ‘evicted’ because the famous moor has become over-stocked since shooting was banned in 1997.’
      • ‘Goathland was popular with wealthy visitors from the West Riding who came for grouse shooting, walks on the moors and the golf course, which was then laid out on the village green, with drives across many of the roads.’
      • ‘Game keepers keep predators in check and manage the moors to preserve habitats of many species which are in sharp decline nationally, research suggests.’
      • ‘Grouse-shooting on the Yorkshire moors on the Glorious Twelfth the following day would be cautious, with landowners anxious to preserve stocks.’
      • ‘Shooters traditionally look forward to August 12, when they dust off their guns and head for the moors for the start of the grouse shooting season.’
    2. 1.2US dialect A fen.

Origin

Old English mōr, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

moor

/mʊə//mɔː/

Main definitions of moor in English

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moor2

Pronunciation: /mʊə//mɔː/

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make fast (a boat) by attaching it by cable or rope to the shore or to an anchor:

    ‘twenty or so fishing boats were moored to the pierside’
    [no object] ‘we moored alongside a jetty’
    • ‘The crew moors the boat and everyone goes ashore to a restaurant set up under palm trees with rough tables and benches.’
    • ‘Similar licences were granted to a number of individual owners to place moorings and to moor boats at various locations in the same general area.’
    • ‘He sees a market for Americans to moor their boats in Mexico year round as well as transient boaters.’
    • ‘There is also a place for sailing enthusiasts to moor their boats.’
    • ‘On the foredeck lies a large anchor with a coil of rope for mooring the boat.’
    • ‘The first phase of the development, a 50-berth marina, will provide a safe and secure area for boat-owners to moor their vessels all year round.’
    • ‘In this event the expedition will haul up the boat on shore or moor it in a safe bay, and then trek to the nearest settlement or air-strip.’
    • ‘The group will meet Cromarty Firth Port Authority later this month to discuss options for mooring the vessel.’
    • ‘Greece offers a number of popular destinations for mooring your yacht.’
    • ‘When conditions are good I like to make a day of it, mooring the boat in front of the lighthouse and climbing ashore with a picnic or even a barbecue between dives.’
    • ‘New homes overlook the seafront, and there are hundreds of boats moored in the marina that is the envy of every other seaside resort in Britain.’
    • ‘If you have a boat, moor it securely or move it to a designated safe place.’
    • ‘Mr Foley said the accommodation complex had an added attraction for boat owners who would be able to moor their vessels close to home.’
    • ‘The missing man had been a regular customer at the pub since he first moored his boat at Avoncliff a week before.’
    • ‘There is enough space at the venue for 550 limousines, quay space to moor yachts and a heli-pad nearby.’
    • ‘The only sign of civilisation was an ancient taverna wedged on the rocks, and so we moored the boat and headed in for lunch.’
    • ‘It submitted an application in September to build a floating pontoon, which would allow it to moor boats.’
    • ‘Some members have purchased their own boats and the club staff helps to wash, repair and look after the maintenance of all the boats moored at the marina.’
    • ‘They said the new pier requires additional lighting to make it reasonably safe for them to moor their vessels.’
    • ‘Some huge liners towered over other smaller boats, and there were also a few Navy ships moored a bit further out.’
    tie up, secure, make fast, fix firmly, fasten, anchor, berth, dock
    lash, hitch
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Origin

Late Middle English: probably from the Germanic base of Dutch meren.

Pronunciation:

moor

/mʊə//mɔː/

Main definitions of moor in English

: moor1moor2

Moor

Pronunciation: /mʊə//mɔː/

noun

  • A member of a NW African Muslim people of mixed Berber and Arab descent. In the 8th century they conquered the Iberian peninsula, but were finally driven out of their last stronghold in Granada at the end of the 15th century.

    • ‘Spain does not deny its occupation by the Muslim Moors.’
    • ‘Muslims (in particular Moors from Spain) may well have been among the early explorers.’
    • ‘Andalucia is where the Moors first set foot in Spain and remained the longest, until their eventual expulsion from Cadiz in 1262.’
    • ‘The North African tribes who conquered Spain were commonly known as Moors.’
    • ‘So Leonardo grew up with a North African education under the Moors and later travelled extensively around the Mediterranean coast.’
    • ‘This is the oldest quarter of Granada, the haven to which the Moors fled when the Christians conquered the city, and for centuries it was the poorest.’
    • ‘The Moors invaded Spain in the eighth century, and much of the Spanish language derives from Arabic.’
    • ‘The coastal belt south of Oporto has been producing wine since Portugal gained independence from the Moors in the 10th century.’
    • ‘He adds that the town of Tekrur was a market where the Moors exchanged wool, glass and copper for slaves and gold.’
    • ‘The Moors infused an exotic orientalism into Spanish culture which exercised a deep influence even after their final expulsion in the 15th century.’
    • ‘From the Arabs and Moors come stuffed vegetables and the use of dried fruits and pine nuts.’
    • ‘The Moors ruled all of Spain for three centuries, and Andalusia until nearly 1500.’
    • ‘Gibraltar was besieged, in 1309, and retaken from the Moors by Alonzo de Guzman.’
    • ‘His dynastic heritage was firmly based on the intolerant expulsion of both the Jews and the Moors from Spain in 1492.’
    • ‘When the Moors conquered most of the known world in the eighth century, they used a special technique to aid their cause.’
    • ‘In 711 the Moors invaded Spain and conquered it in five years.’

Origin

From Old French More, via Latin from Greek Mauros inhabitant of Mauretania.

Pronunciation:

Moor

/mʊə//mɔː/