• (British) IPA: /mɔːs/

morse (plural morses)

  1. A clasp or fastening used to fasten a cope in the front, usually decorative. [from 15th c.]
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XI:
      The morse bore a seraph's head in gold-thread raised work.

morse (plural morses)

  1. (now rare) A walrus. [from 15th c.]
    • 1880-1881: Clements R Markham (editor), The Voyages of William Baffin, 1612-1622:
      Then we passed through a great deale of small ice, and sawe, upon some peices, two morses, and upon some, one; and also diuers seales, layeing upon peices of ice.

Proper noun
  1. Surname, variant of Morris, from the given name Maurice.
  2. A village in Louisiana.
  3. A town in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  4. A census-designated place in Texas.
  5. A town in Wisconsin.

morse (uncountable)

  1. Clipping of Morse code#English|Morse code.
    We sent a message in Morse.

morse (morses, present participle Morsing; past and past participle Morsed)

  1. (transitive) To transmit by Morse code.
    • 2014, W. B. Bartlett, The Night of the Dam Busters
      It was Gibson who was right. Code 78A was Morsed back to Grantham – 'bomb despatched and hit wall but no breach observed'. No doubt the wording of Operation Chastise's operation order now started to hit home […]

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