moor·​ing | \ ˈmu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce mooring (audio) \

Definition of mooring

1 : an act of making fast a boat or aircraft with lines or anchors
2a : a place where or an object to which something (such as a craft) can be moored
b : a device (such as a line or chain) by which an object is secured in place
3 : an established practice or stabilizing influence : anchorage sense 2 usually used in plural

Examples of mooring in a Sentence

We found a temporary mooring in the harbor. The wind was strong enough to tear the boat from its moorings.
Recent Examples on the Web Plus boaters without a permanent mooring have to move every 14 days and travel at least 21 miles a year, under Canal & River Trust rules. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Working from home during the pandemic, most of us shifted our mooring point to a home office, kitchen table, spare bedroom, or similar location. Zachary M. Seward, Quartz, 6 July 2021 Johansson’s left side crashed into the goal post, dislodging it from the mooring and forcing him out of the game., 21 May 2021 This is a boater's paradise with a private jetty, slipway, boathouse, deepwater mooring, barbecue pavilion, and heated saltwater pool on the water's edge. Ellen Paris, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The second type of mooring factor involves concerns. Karen Renaud And Norah Alkaldi, WSJ, 7 June 2021 The vessel features Dynamic Positioning for electronic anchoring and mooring in shallow waters, as well as a heat recovery system in the generators to help heat the pool in a more efficient manner. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 June 2021 Some crew members slept in vehicles until a temporary structure was opened in the boat’s mooring area. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Hawaiʻi Island police said Tuesday officers received a report of an unresponsive man at 10:14 a.m., who was pulled out of the waters at the Pentagon mooring off of Anaehoomalu Bay in the Waikoloa Beach Resort area. William Thornton |, al, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of mooring

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jul 2021

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“Mooring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mooring

: a place where a boat or ship can be anchored or moored
: the anchors, ropes, and cables that are used to hold a boat or ship in place


moor·​ing | \ ˈmu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce mooring (audio) \

Kids Definition of mooring

1 : a place where a boat can be fastened so it will not float away
2 : a chain or line used to hold a boat in place


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