- to loose (a vessel) from moorings or anchorage.
- to bring to the state of riding with a single anchor after being moored by two or more.
- (of a vessel) to become unmoored.
Origin of unmoor
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Examples from the Web for unmoor
When President Obama visits Israel this week, he will attempt neither to unmoor the old peace process nor outfit a new one.America Can Want Peace More
March 19, 2013
Well, now, when you are ready I want you to unmoor her again.Major Vigoureux
A. T. Quiller-Couch
Father is to come with us, and unmoor the boat, and help us to gather the water-lilies.The Children of Wilton Chase
Mrs. L. T. Meade
Can we unmoor the Santa Margarita from inside the breakwater, or can we not?The Pursuit
Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
"After these transactions" Captain Morgan loosed his top-sail, as a signal to unmoor.On the Spanish Main
Very shortly after, signal was made to unmoor, upon which a noise of "No—no—no!"The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth
- to weigh the anchor or drop the mooring of (a vessel)
- (tr) to reduce the mooring of (a vessel) to one anchor
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Word Origin and History for unmoor
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