Being anxious to remove some of our goods before night, the boys ran off to fetch the sledge; while I, having no anchor, contrived to moor the boats by means of some of the heavy blocks of iron we had brought.
-- Johann David Wyss, The Swiss Family Robinson
Then the divers will moor it to the bottom — we drove the piles into the ocean floor 20 meters deep when we did the 63.
-- Eugene McCreary, Madame President
Though moor gained popularity in the 1490s, the term originates from the Old English more from the maerelsrāp rope used for securing or 'mooring' ships.