2. A low mournful or murmuring sound; of things.
Rippling waters made a pleasant moan.Byron.
(Moan"ful) a. Full of moaning; expressing sorrow. Moan"ful*ly, adv.
(Moat) n. [OF. mote hill, dike, bank, F. motte clod, turf: cf. Sp. & Pg. mota bank or mound of
earth, It. motta clod, LL. mota, motta, a hill on which a fort is built, an eminence, a dike, Prov. G.
mott bog earth heaped up; or perh. F. motte, and OF. mote, are from a LL. p. p. of L. movere to move
The name of moat, properly meaning, bank or mound, was transferred to the ditch adjoining: cf. F. dike
and ditch.] (Fort.) A deep trench around the rampart of a castle or other fortified place, sometimes
filled with water; a ditch.
(Moat), v. t. To surround with a moat. Dryden.
(Moate) v. i. [See Mute to molt.] To void the excrement, as a bird; to mute. [Obs.]
(Mob) n. [See Mobcap.] A mobcap. Goldsmith.
(Mob), v. t. To wrap up in, or cover with, a cowl. [R.]
(Mob), n. [L. mobile vulgus, the movable common people. See Mobile, n.]
1. The lower classes of a community; the populace, or the lowest part of it.
A cluster of mob were making themselves merry with their betters.Addison.
2. Hence: A throng; a rabble; esp., an unlawful or riotous assembly; a disorderly crowd.
The mob of gentlemen who wrote with ease.Pope.
Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.Madison.
Confused by brainless mobs.Tennyson. Mob law, law administered by the mob; lynch law. Swell mob, well dressed thieves and swindlers,
regarded collectively. [Slang] Dickens.
(Mob), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mobbed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mobbing.] To crowd about, as a mob, and
attack or annoy; as, to mob a house or a person.