Mooring | Definition of Mooring by Merriam-Webster


moor·​ing | \ ˈmu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce mooring (audio) \

Definition of mooring

1 : an act of making fast a boat or aircraft with lines or anchors
2a : a place where or an object to which something (such as a craft) can be moored
b : a device (such as a line or chain) by which an object is secured in place
3 : an established practice or stabilizing influence : anchorage sense 2 usually used in plural

Examples of mooring in a Sentence

We found a temporary mooring in the harbor. The wind was strong enough to tear the boat from its moorings.

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Back in May 2007, the News-Sun reported that the Port District was making the move to floating docks because some boats were as much as 8 feet below their moorings. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Stormy spring has Lake Michigan running high along the Waukegan shore," 7 June 2019 What’s as impressive as a football field-size blimp fleeing hundreds of miles from its moorings? Colin Campbell,, "Pair of steers corralled after breaking free in West Baltimore," 13 June 2019 Tourists line the dock to watch the day’s catch unloaded by solemn, tired fishermen and then wander up to the moorings where the sea lions rest. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 If his goal is to unshackle the Church from her bimillennial moorings, that is another project altogether, one that might not be aided by waiting for a consensus of theological opinion. John Hirschauer, National Review, "What Is Pope Francis Saying about Communion?," 10 June 2019 The city also proposes to devote $36,000 for standby pay for lifeguards to respond to after-hours harbor needs such as code enforcement complaints or late-night transient mooring check-ins. Hillary Davis,, "Newport’s next budget proposes adding police and fire staff and continuing pension paydown," 25 May 2018 Kayakers are appearing downtown on the Chicago River and the bridges will be going up to let the sailboats pass from winter storage to their moorings on the lakefront. Randy Blaser,, "Column: Summer is here. You better enjoy it while it lasts.," 6 June 2019 On July 14, a storm broke the moorings on Aldi’s rompong, setting him adrift. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Indonesian Teenager Rescued After 49 Days Adrift At Sea," 24 Sep. 2018 The Indonesian teenager has survived about 7 weeks adrift at sea after the floating wooden fish trap he was employed to mind slipped its moorings. Ali Kotarumalos, Fox News, "Indonesian teenager rescued after drifting 7 weeks at sea," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mooring

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jul 2019

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The first known use of mooring was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of mooring

: a place where a boat or ship can be anchored or moored
: the anchors, ropes, and cables that are used to hold a boat or ship in place


moor·​ing | \ ˈmu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce mooring (audio) \

Kids Definition of mooring

1 : a place where a boat can be fastened so it will not float away
2 : a chain or line used to hold a boat in place

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