moat (plural moats)
- A deep, wide defensive ditch, normally filled with water, surrounding a fortified habitation.
- (business, figurative) An aspect of a business which makes it more "defensible" from competitors, either because of the nature of its products, services, franchise or other reason.
- A circular lowland between a resurgent dome and the walls of the caldera surrounding it.
- (obsolete) A hill or mound.
- French: douve
- German: Burggraben
- Italian: fossato, fosso, canale, canalone
- Portuguese: fosso
- Russian: ров
- Spanish: fosa, foso
moat (moats, present participle moating; past and past participle moated)
- (transitive) To surround with a moat.