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mooring

[moo r-ing] /ˈmʊər ɪŋ/
noun
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.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; compare Middle Dutch moor; see moor2, -ing1

moor2

[moo r] /mʊər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to secure (a ship, boat, dirigible, etc.) in a particular place, as by cables and anchors or by lines.
2.
to fix firmly; secure.
verb (used without object)
3.
to moor a ship, small boat, etc.
4.
to be made secure by cables or the like.
noun
5.
the act of mooring.
Origin
1485-95; earlier more, akin to Old English mǣrels- in mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring a ship; see marline
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Examples from the web for mooring
  • The children come running as soon as the boat pushes onto the riverbank, mooring next to empty handmade fish traps.
  • The shock through the length of his safety rope rips the mooring pitons from the rock.
  • After our first day's sail, there was a mooring near something that could be called either an enormous rock or a tiny island.
  • mooring services available for those arriving by yacht.
  • Star docks are mooring facilities that float in the harbor.
  • The lake is open to the public and has four boat launches, although only lakefront lot owners can get docking and mooring permits.
  • Other services include boat rentals, fuel, dry storage and boat mooring.
  • Rooms come with the usual amenities, and the hotel has mooring for motorboats.
  • Marinas on the lagoon provide mooring for sightseeing boats, which can be rented by the hour or half day.
  • It has private docking and mooring for boats, and is less than a five-minute walk from the ferry stop.
British Dictionary definitions for mooring

mooring

/ˈmʊərɪŋ; ˈmɔː-/
noun
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
See also moorings

moor1

/mʊə; mɔː/
noun
1.
a tract of unenclosed ground, usually having peaty soil covered with heather, coarse grass, bracken, and moss
Derived Forms
moory, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mōr; related to Old Saxon mōr, Old High German muor swamp

moor2

/mʊə; mɔː/
verb
1.
to secure (a ship, boat, etc) with cables or ropes
2.
(of a ship, boat, etc) to be secured in this way
3.
(not in technical usage) a less common word for anchor (sense 11)
Word Origin
C15: of Germanic origin; related to Old English mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring

Moor

/mʊə; mɔː/
noun
1.
a member of a Muslim people of North Africa, of mixed Arab and Berber descent. In the 8th century they were converted to Islam and established power in North Africa and Spain, where they established a civilization (756–1492)
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin Maurus, from Greek Mauros, possibly from Berber
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Word Origin and History for mooring
n.

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

moor

v.

"to fasten (a vessel) by a cable," late 15c., probably related to Old English mærels "mooring rope," via unrecorded *mærian "to moor," or possibly borrowed from Middle Low German moren or Middle Dutch maren "to moor," from West Germanic *mairojan. Related: Moored, mooring. French amarrer is from Dutch.

n.

"waste ground," Old English mor "morass, swamp," from Proto-Germanic *mora- (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch meer "swamp," Old High German muor "swamp," also "sea," German Moor "moor," Old Norse mörr "moorland," marr "sea"), perhaps related to mere (n.), or from root *mer- "to die," hence "dead land."

The basic sense in place names is 'marsh', a kind of low-lying wetland possibly regarded as less fertile than mersc 'marsh.' The development of the senses 'dry heathland, barren upland' is not fully accounted for but may be due to the idea of infertility. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]

Moor

n.

"North African, Berber," late 14c., from Old French More, from Medieval Latin Morus, from Latin Maurus "inhabitant of Mauritania" (northwest Africa, a region now corresponding to northern Algeria and Morocco), from Greek Mauros, perhaps a native name, or else cognate with mauros "black" (but this adjective only appears in late Greek and may as well be from the people's name as the reverse). Being a dark people in relation to Europeans, their name in the Middle Ages was a synonym for "Negro;" later (16c.-17c.) used indiscriminately of Muslims (Persians, Arabs, etc.) but especially those in India.

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Encyclopedia Article for mooring

moor

tract of open country that may be either dry with heather and associated vegetation or wet with an acid peat vegetation. If wet, a moor is generally synonymous with bog (q.v.).

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