[moo r-ing]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for moorings

berth, wharf, harbor, anchorage, dock, station, marina, pier, port

Examples from the Web for moorings

Contemporary Examples of moorings

Historical Examples of moorings

  • Pancks opened the door for him, towed him in, and retired to his own moorings in a corner.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Throw off your moorings, then, and clap on sail, for we must go.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Heave the hussy up to her anchor, Mr. Leach, when we will cast an eye to her moorings.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The ship had just loosed her moorings, and was gliding out to sea.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete

    Madame La Marquise De Montespan

  • When the Bovista ripens it breaks from its moorings and is blown about by the wind.

British Dictionary definitions for moorings


pl n

nautical the ropes, anchors, etc, used in mooring a vessel
(sometimes singular) something that provides security or stability



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
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Word Origin and History for moorings

1744, "ropes, etc., by which a floating thing is made fast," from mooring. Figurative sense is from 1851.



"place where a vessel can be moored," early 15c., "process of making a ship secure," verbal noun from moor (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper