What does mora mean?

Definitions for mora
ˈmɔr ə, ˈmoʊr ə; ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr imo·ra

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Mora(noun)

    a game of guessing the number of fingers extended in a quick movement of the hand, -- much played by Italians of the lower classes

  2. Mora(noun)

    a leguminous tree of Guiana and Trinidad (Dimorphandra excelsa); also, its timber, used in shipbuilding and making furniture

  3. Mora(noun)

    delay; esp., culpable delay; postponement

  4. Origin: [L.]


  1. Mora

    Mora is a unit in phonology that determines syllable weight, which in some languages determines stress or timing. As with many technical linguistic terms, the definition of a mora varies. Perhaps the most succinct working definition was provided by the American linguist James D. McCawley in 1968: a mora is “something of which a long syllable consists of two and a short syllable consists of one.” The term comes from the Latin word for “linger, delay”, which was also used to translate the Greek word chronos in its metrical sense. A syllable containing one mora is said to be monomoraic; a syllable with two morae is said to be bimoraic. Also, in rarer cases, a syllable with three morae is said to be trimoraic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mora

    mō′ra, n. (law) delay, esp. unjustifiable. [L.]

  2. Mora

    mō′ra, n. an ancient game played from China to Peru, the aim being to guess the number of fingers held out by a player. [It.]

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Anagrams for mora »

  1. Amor

  2. Moar

  3. Omar

  4. Roam


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mora in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mora in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mora in a Sentence

  1. Grant Township:

    We were n’t comfortable using Mora County as the test case to try to overturn two centuries of law.

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