[ moo r-ing ]
/ ˈmʊər ɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that moors.
Usually moorings. the means by which a ship, boat, or aircraft is moored.
moorings, a place where a ship, boat, or aircraft may be moored.
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

Definition for mooring (2 of 2)

[ moo r ]
/ mʊər /

verb (used with object)

to secure (a ship, boat, dirigible, etc.) in a particular place, as by cables and anchors or by lines.
to fix firmly; secure.

verb (used without object)

to moor a ship, small boat, etc.
to be made secure by cables or the like.


the act of mooring.

Origin of moor

1485–95; earlier more, akin to Old English mǣrels- in mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring a ship; see marline Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mooring (1 of 4)

/ (ˈmʊərɪŋ, ˈmɔː-) /


a place for mooring a vessel
a permanent anchor, dropped in the water and equipped with a floating buoy, to which vessels can moor
See also moorings

British Dictionary definitions for mooring (2 of 4)

/ (mʊə, mɔː) /


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)

Word Origin for Moor

C14: via Old French from Latin Maurus, from Greek Mauros, possibly from Berber

British Dictionary definitions for mooring (3 of 4)

/ (mʊə, mɔː) /


a tract of unenclosed ground, usually having peaty soil covered with heather, coarse grass, bracken, and moss

Derived forms of moor

moory, adjective

Word Origin for moor

Old English mōr; related to Old Saxon mōr, Old High German muor swamp

British Dictionary definitions for mooring (4 of 4)

/ (mʊə, mɔː) /


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 for moor

C15: of Germanic origin; related to Old English mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring
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