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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
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Examples from the web for moorings
  • 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.
  • No anchoring will occur in the project area once the moorings are installed.
  • moorings or free-floating facilities in deep ocean water.
  • moorings are required if a vessel will be anchored or moored in the waters of the town.
  • The four moorings used for the first raft could accommodate up to three connected rafts.
  • The sanctuary maintains seasonal moorings at many shipwreck sites.
British Dictionary definitions for moorings

moorings

/ˈmʊərɪŋz; ˈmɔː-/
plural noun
1.
(nautical) the ropes, anchors, etc, used in mooring a vessel
2.
(sometimes sing) something that provides security or stability

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
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Word Origin and History for moorings
n.

1744, "ropes, etc., by which a floating thing is made fast," from mooring. Figurative sense is from 1851.

mooring

n.

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

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