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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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Each barbican was portcullised, while the inner gates were similarly safeguarded in addition to the drawbridges which, spanning the moat when lowered, could be drawn up at the approach of an enemy, effectually stopping his advance.
The West Baray reservoir in the Angkor Archaeological Park can store some 56 million cubic metres of water and the North Baray some five million, he said, while there were millions more cubic metres in the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom moats.
Diep Sophal, a professor of history at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, said if the water in Angkor Wat's iconic moat was to dry out to such a degree that the temple's foundations were exposed, the resulting natural degradation could lead to the building's structural integrity being compromised.
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SCHOOLCHILDREN have been helping countryside rangers to clear the moats at Caergwrle Castle.
Ryan Moats, a running back for the Houston Texans, rushed to the hospital with his family when he heard his mother-in-law was dying.
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.
David Moats's editorials in favor of civil unions cost the Rutland [Vt.] Herald some advertisers and subscribers last year.
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Oracle today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Moat, the fastest-growing digital measurement cloud company.