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Meaning of MOAT

Pronunciation:  mowt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water

MOAT is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: fosse
 See Also: trench



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Moat\, n. [OF. mote hill, dike, bank, F. motte clod, turf:
    cf. Sp. & Pg. mota bank or mound of earth, It. motta clod,
    LL. mota, motta, a hill on which a fort is built, an
    eminence, a dike, Prov. G. mott bog earth heaped up; or perh.
    F. motte, and OF. mote, are from a LL. p. p. of L. movere to
    move (see {Move}). The name of moat, properly meaning, bank
    or mound, was transferred to the ditch adjoining: cf. F. dike
    and ditch.] (Fort.)
    A deep trench around the rampart of a castle or other
    fortified place, sometimes filled with water; a ditch.
  2. \Moat\, v. t.
    To surround with a moat. --Dryden.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a moat in your dream, suggests that you have put up an emotional wall around you. You are shutting others out and trying to block out the hurt.
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