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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 of mooring
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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  • Inside Vard harbour walls, then, to a mooring we came, and the smells of the place closed round us and took possession.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • Donald cast the net line loose from its mooring, and saw that it was all clear.

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan
  • The clamps of the mooring cradle were released, and the air-car moved gently into the lock chamber.

    The Passing of Ku Sui Anthony Gilmore
  • He saw that one boat was gone from its mooring before he reached the bank!

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • Part of the time a small power boat swung to the mooring in the bay where the shining Arrow nosed to wind and tide in other days.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • A square port in the bows of a ship, for taking in mooring bridles.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • With quickened breath he loosed the canoe from its mooring and took up the paddle.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • Having secured the Sea Foam at her mooring, Donald hastened home.

    The Yacht Club Oliver Optic
  • The mooring rope had parted the reeds, and discovered her nest, and Dick, on going to the bows had seen it.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
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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