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moat

[mōt]
(geology)
A ringlike depression around the base of a seamount.
A valleylike depression around the inner side of a volcanic cone, between the rim and the lava dome.
(hydrology)
A glacial channel in the form of a deep, wide trench.

Moat

A broad, deep trench, filled with water, surrounding the ramparts of a town or fortress.

moat

A broad, deep trench surrounding the ramparts of a town or fortress; usually filled with water.
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A large, deep moat, with a brisk current during the high water of winter, bathed the base of the wall round Paris; the Seine furnished the water.
Suddenly my eye caught the glint of a shaded lantern at the other side of the moat.
The light had flickered onwards, now stopping and now advancing, until I could see two dark figures upon the other side of the moat.
an island, which may be compared to a castle situated on the summit of a lofty submarine mountain, protected by a great wall of coral-rock, always steep externally and sometimes internally, with a broad level summit, here and there breached by a narrow gateway, through which the largest ships can enter the wide and deep encircling moat.
In the remote earliest form of the stories, as Celtic myths, this supernatural element was no doubt frank and very large, but Malory's authorities, the more skeptical French romancers, adapting it to their own age, had often more or less fully rationalized it; transforming, for instance, the black river of Death which the original heroes often had to cross on journeys to the Celtic Other World into a rude and forbidding moat about the hostile castle into which the romancers degraded the Other World itself.
In the first place, the Grange is on clay, and built where the castle moat must have been; then there's that destestable little river, steaming all night like a kettle.
Similar to the way castles are protected by moats, companies with economic moats are great businesses that can fend off competition and earn high returns on capital for many years.
SCHOOLCHILDREN have been helping countryside rangers to clear the moats at Caergwrle Castle.
He claimed Moats had run a red light in his haste to get to the hospital, and he was determined to give Moats a ticket before letting him see the dying woman.
Lillian Moats is a writer, artist and filmmaker whose animated art films have won more than 40 distinguished awards in festivals around the world.
Journalist David Moats (who's straight) was them, and he earned a Pulitzer Prize for his rational yet passionate editorials in the Rutland Herald.
Just as moats were dug around medieval castles to keep the opposition at bay, economic moats protect the high returns on capital enjoyed by the world's best companies.