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.

1375–1425; late Middle English; compare Middle Dutch moor; see moor2, -ing1 Unabridged


2 [moor]
verb (used with object)
to secure (a ship, boat, dirigible, etc.) in a particular place, as by cables and anchors or by lines.
to fix firmly; secure.
verb (used without object)
to moor a ship, small boat, etc.
to be made secure by cables or the like.
the act of mooring.

1485–95; earlier more, akin to Old English mǣrels- in mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring a ship; see marline Unabridged
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moor1 (mʊə, mɔː)
a tract of unenclosed ground, usually having peaty soil covered with heather, coarse grass, bracken, and moss
[Old English mōr; related to Old Saxon mōr, Old High German muor swamp]

moor2 (mʊə, mɔː)
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
[C15: of Germanic origin; related to Old English mǣrelsrāp rope for mooring]

Moor (mʊə, mɔː)
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)
[C14: via Old French from Latin Maurus, from Greek Mauros, possibly from Berber]

mooring (ˈmʊərɪŋ, ˈmɔː-)
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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Word Origin & History

"to fasten (a vessel) by a cable," late 15c., probably related to O.E. mærels "mooring rope," via unrecorded *mærian "to moor," or possibly borrowed from M.L.G. moren, from W.Gmc. *mairojan (cf. M.Du. maren, said to be originally Frisian, Du. meren "to moor a ship"). Related: Moored. Hence
mooring (n.), "place where a vessel can be moored."

"waste ground," O.E. mor "swamp," from P.Gmc. *mora- (cf. O.S., M.Du. Du. moer "swamp," O.H.G. muor "swamp," also "sea," O.N. mörr "moorland," marr "sea"), perhaps related to mere (2), or from base *mer- "to die," hence "dead land."

"North African, Berber," late 14c., from O.Fr. More, from M.L. Morus, from L. Maurus "inhabitant of Mauritania" (northwest Africa, a region now corresponding to northern Algeria and Morocco), from Gk. Mauros, perhaps a native name, or else cognate with mauros "black" (but this adj. only appears in late
Gk. 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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Example sentences
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.
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.
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