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[moo r-ing]
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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.
  3. moorings, a place where a ship, boat, or aircraft may be moored.
  4. 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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  • 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
  1. nautical the ropes, anchors, etc, used in mooring a vessel
  2. (sometimes singular) something that provides security or stability
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  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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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.

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

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