mooring

[ moo r-ing ]
/ ˈmʊər ɪŋ /

noun

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.

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Origin of mooring

1375–1425; late Middle English; compare Middle Dutch moor; see moor2, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for moorings (1 of 2)

moorings
/ (ˈmʊərɪŋz, ˈmɔː-) /

pl n

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

British Dictionary definitions for moorings (2 of 2)

mooring
/ (ˈmʊərɪŋ, ˈmɔː-) /

noun

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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