a tract of unenclosed ground, usually having peaty soil covered with heather, coarse grass, bracken, and moss
Old English mōr; related to Old Saxon mōr, Old High German muor swamp
to secure (a ship, boat, etc) with cables or ropes
(of a ship, boat, etc) to be secured in this way
(not in technical usage) a less common word for anchor (sense 11)
C15: of Germanic origin; related to Old English mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring
a member of a Muslim people of North Africa, of mixed Arab and Berber descent. In the 8th century they were converted to Islam and established power in North Africa and Spain, where they established a civilization (756–1492)
C14: via Old French from Latin Maurus, from Greek Mauros, possibly from Berber
"to fasten (a vessel) by a cable," late 15c., probably related to O.E. mærels "mooring rope," via unrecorded *mærian "to moor," or possibly borrowed from M.L.G. moren, from W.Gmc. *mairojan (cf. M.Du. maren, said to be originally Frisian, Du. meren "to moor a ship"). Related: Moored. Hence mooring (n.), "place where a vessel can be moored."
"waste ground," O.E. mor "swamp," from P.Gmc. *mora- (cf. O.S., M.Du. Du. moer "swamp," O.H.G. muor "swamp," also "sea," O.N. mörr "moorland," marr "sea"), perhaps related to mere (2), or from base *mer- "to die," hence "dead land."
"North African, Berber," late 14c., from O.Fr. More, from M.L. Morus, from L. Maurus "inhabitant of Mauritania" (northwest Africa, a region now corresponding to northern Algeria and Morocco), from Gk. Mauros, perhaps a native name, or else cognate with mauros "black" (but this adj. only appears in late Gk. and may as well be from the people's name as the reverse). Being a dark people in relation to Europeans, their name in the Middle Ages was a synonym for "Negro;" later (16c.-17c.) used indiscriminately of Muslims (Persians, Arabs, etc.) but especially those in India.