moat definition

  • noun:
    • a-deep broad ditch, usually filled with liquid, typically surrounding a fortified medieval city, fortress, or palace as a protection against attack.
    • A ditch comparable to one surrounding a fortification: A moat separates the pets when you look at the zoo from the spectators.
    • A deep, large defensive ditch, usually full of liquid, surrounding a fortified habitation.
    • an element of a company rendering it more "defensible" from rivals, either because of the nature of the products, services, team or other reason.
    • A deep trench around the rampart of a castle or any other fortified spot, often filled with liquid; a ditch.
    • A mound; a hill.
    • In fortification, a ditch or deep trench dug around the rampart of a castle or any other fortified spot, and often full of liquid.
    • A building; home; abode.
    • An obsolete spelling of mote.
    • ditch dug as a fortification and usually full of water
  • verb-transitive:
    • To encircle with or as if with a moat.
    • To surround with a moat.
  • others:
    • To encircle with a ditch for protection; additionally, to create or act as a moat for.
    • In mining, to puddle; cover with earth so as to exclude atmosphere, as a mine shaft in case there is an underground fire.

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