unmoor

unmoor

[uhn-moor]
verb (used with object)
1.
to loose (a vessel) from moorings or anchorage.
2.
to bring to the state of riding with a single anchor after being moored by two or more.
verb (used without object)
3.
(of a vessel) to become unmoored.

Origin:
1490–1500; Middle English unmooren. See un-2, moor2

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unmoor (ʌnˈmʊə, -ˈmɔː)
 
vb
1.  to weigh the anchor or drop the mooring of (a vessel)
2.  (tr) to reduce the mooring of (a vessel) to one anchor

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unmoor
1497, "to free from moorings," from un- (2) + moor (v.).
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