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unmoor

[uhn-moo r]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to loose (a vessel) from moorings or anchorage.
  2. to bring to the state of riding with a single anchor after being moored by two or more.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of a vessel) to become unmoored.
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Origin of unmoor

First recorded in 1490–1500, unmoor is from the Middle English word unmooren. See un-2, moor2
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unmoor

verb nautical
  1. to weigh the anchor or drop the mooring of (a vessel)
  2. (tr) to reduce the mooring of (a vessel) to one anchor
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Word Origin and History for unmoored

unmoor

v.

late 15c., "to free from moorings," from un- (2) + moor (v.). Related: Unmoored.

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