- 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 unmoored
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The idea of the city was much more alluring than the city itself on a rainy, unmoored day.
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As a result, our modern gun-rights ideology is often unmoored from any sense of corresponding civic obligation.Gun-Rights Advocates Should Fear History of Second Amendment
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During this period my soldiers sleep; but the vessel must not be unmoored.The Buccaneer
Mrs. S. C. Hall
She was cut off from duty, surrounded by strangers, unmoored from her niche in the world.The Second Fiddle
They seated themselves in the boat and unmoored it from the pier.The Fair Maid of Perth
Sir Walter Scott
Without any loss of time he unmoored the little ship, and stepped aboard.The Story of Siegfried
I ran in all haste to the beach, and unmoored a boat that lay alongside.
- 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 unmoored
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