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  1. the act of a person or thing that moors.

  2. Usually moorings. the means by which a ship, boat, or aircraft is moored.

  1. moorings, a place where a ship, boat, or aircraft may be moored.

  2. Usually moorings. one's stability or security: After the death of his wife he lost his moorings.

Origin of mooring

1375–1425; late Middle English; compare Middle Dutch moor;see moor2, -ing1

Words Nearby mooring Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mooring in a sentence

  • Launch and recovery, using a ring-shaped mooring device, is largely automated.

  • There was enough, at all events, to carry them up past the village and back again to their mooring-place.

    The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
  • At Cantley it is difficult to find a mooring-place, and the northward bank is lined with yachts for half a mile.

    Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
  • No time was lost in bringing up and mooring the vessels, and driving piles into the harbour for their better security.

    The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • There was no way of mooring the craft, and she swung back and forth in the wind, making it necessary for Matt to stay aboard.

  • We arrived at Sydney next day, and within half an hour of mooring the ship I paid the man his wages and turned him adrift.

    The Cruise of the "Esmeralda" | Harry Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for mooring


/ (ˈmʊərɪŋ, ˈmɔː-) /

  1. a place for mooring a vessel

  2. a permanent anchor, dropped in the water and equipped with a floating buoy, to which vessels can moor

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