verb (used with object)
Origin of moss
Definition for moss (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for moss
They agreed to let McKell and Moss join their tribe for a few days.
By the time the CFDA awards rolled round in early 1994, Moss was a bona fide star.
Callahan claims that within weeks of leaving the Priory, Moss “got back on drugs.”
He pops from the screen as a charismatic, occasionally messianic “human prism,” as Moss calls him.
“I flew into Williston through Denver and went right to the church and met Jay,” says Moss.
"That is very good advice," said Anders with a wry face, as he plucked some moss to stanch the wound in his arm.Days of the Discoverers|L. Lamprey
William, clasping an empty Acid Drop bottle to his bosom, was left to face Mr. Moss.Just William|Richmal Crompton
Get some moss of a dry, fibrous nature, and containing no earthly matter to freeze.Mink Trapping|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
From the top of the gorge was an easy walk across fields to Moss Cottage.For the School Colours|Angela Brazil
A large apartment of the old stone house had been richly decorated with moss and branches in honor of the occasion.
British Dictionary definitions for moss (1 of 2)
Word Origin for moss
British Dictionary definitions for moss (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for moss
Old English meos "moss," related to mos "bog," from Proto-Germanic *musan (cf. Old High German mios, Danish mos, German Moos), also in part from Old Norse mosi "moss, bog," and Medieval Latin mossa "moss," from the same Germanic source, from PIE *meus- "damp," with derivatives referring to swamps and swamp vegetation (cf. Latin muscus "moss," Lithuanian musai "mold, mildew," Old Church Slavonic muchu "moss").
Selden Moseþ þe Marbelston þat men ofte treden. ["Piers Plowman," 1362]
All the Germanic languages have the word in both senses, which is natural because moss is the characteristic plant of boggy places. It is impossible to say which sense is original. Scott (1805) revived 17c. moss-trooper "freebooter infesting Scottish border marshes."
Science definitions for moss
Idioms and Phrases with moss
see rolling stone gathers no moss.