moor·​ing ˈmu̇r-iŋ How to pronounce mooring (audio)
: an act of making fast a boat or aircraft with lines or anchors
: a place where or an object to which something (such as a craft) can be moored
: a device (such as a line or chain) by which an object is secured in place
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mooring was in the 15th century

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“Mooring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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moor·​ing ˈmu̇(ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce mooring (audio)
: a place or object to which a boat or aircraft can be fastened
: a device or line by which a boat or aircraft is moored
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