mooring

[moor-ing]
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English; compare Middle Dutch moor; see moor2, -ing1

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mooring (ˈmʊərɪŋ, ˈmɔː-)
 
n
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

moorings (ˈmʊərɪŋz, ˈmɔː-)
 
pl n
1.  nautical the ropes, anchors, etc, used in mooring a vessel
2.  (sometimes singular) something that provides security or stability

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moorings
1744, from mooring (see moor (v.)). Figurative sense is from 1851.
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Example sentences
And dozens more are trying to break free of their national moorings.
Part of the change strikes me as a serious drift away from the moorings of
  reality.
The hot dog vendor has stepped away to make change, and someone has jostled his
  cart off its moorings.
It was push and pull all the way, with the entire cardboard hut rising from its
  moorings.
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