Origin of mooring
- to secure (a ship, boat, dirigible, etc.) in a particular place, as by cables and anchors or by lines.
- to fix firmly; secure.
- to moor a ship, small boat, etc.
- to be made secure by cables or the like.
- the act of mooring.
Origin of moor2
Examples from the Web for mooring
That is, neither country can afford to anchor its strategy to ideology, long after any mooring in reality has vanished.Israel Needs Better War Technology
July 7, 2014
Donald cast the net line loose from its mooring, and saw that it was all clear.Billy Topsail & Company
The boat reached her mooring in good season, notwithstanding the detention.Little By Little
William Taylor Adams
We climbed the dark and empty stairs, upward into the mooring mast.The White Invaders
Raymond King Cummings
He saw that one boat was gone from its mooring before he reached the bank!The Man from the Bitter Roots
A square port in the bows of a ship, for taking in mooring bridles.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- a place for mooring a vessel
- a permanent anchor, dropped in the water and equipped with a floating buoy, to which vessels can moor
- a member of a Muslim people of North Africa, of mixed Arab and Berber descent. In the 8th century they were converted to Islam and established power in North Africa and Spain, where they established a civilization (756–1492)
- a tract of unenclosed ground, usually having peaty soil covered with heather, coarse grass, bracken, and moss
- to secure (a ship, boat, etc) with cables or ropes
- (of a ship, boat, etc) to be secured in this way
- (not in technical usage) a less common word for anchor (def. 11)
Word Origin and History for mooring
"place where a vessel can be moored," early 15c., "process of making a ship secure," verbal noun from moor (v.).
"to fasten (a vessel) by a cable," late 15c., probably related to Old English mærels "mooring rope," via unrecorded *mærian "to moor," or possibly borrowed from Middle Low German moren or Middle Dutch maren "to moor," from West Germanic *mairojan. Related: Moored, mooring. French amarrer is from Dutch.
"waste ground," Old English mor "morass, swamp," from Proto-Germanic *mora- (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch meer "swamp," Old High German muor "swamp," also "sea," German Moor "moor," Old Norse mörr "moorland," marr "sea"), perhaps related to mere (n.), or from root *mer- "to die," hence "dead land."
The basic sense in place names is 'marsh', a kind of low-lying wetland possibly regarded as less fertile than mersc 'marsh.' The development of the senses 'dry heathland, barren upland' is not fully accounted for but may be due to the idea of infertility. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]
"North African, Berber," late 14c., from Old French More, from Medieval Latin Morus, from Latin Maurus "inhabitant of Mauritania" (northwest Africa, a region now corresponding to northern Algeria and Morocco), from Greek Mauros, perhaps a native name, or else cognate with mauros "black" (but this adjective only appears in late Greek and may as well be from the people's name as the reverse). Being a dark people in relation to Europeans, their name in the Middle Ages was a synonym for "Negro;" later (16c.-17c.) used indiscriminately of Muslims (Persians, Arabs, etc.) but especially those in India.