moor·​ing | \-iŋ \

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.

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Listed for $54 million, a 10,000-square-foot house on Southampton’s prized Meadow Lane meets the ocean at the beach end of its 3.35-acre lot; at the other end are a dock and a mooring on Shinnecock Bay. New York Times, "For Some in the Hamptons, It’s Not a Home Without a Dock," 18 May 2018 Long after Nelson’s run, in 2007, Monroe Harbor’s 980 moorings were all occupied, according to Westrec. Morgan Greene,, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018 Twenty-four boats tied up in slips along the dock were moved to other moorings., "May 24, 1960: Tsunami reaches San Diego," 24 May 2018 Monroe Harbor only has moorings which require boaters to hail a tender out to their boats. Morgan Greene,, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018 Four sensors are on the dock to help guide the ship to its moorings. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Skip the Seasickness: How Boats Are Getting More Tech-Savvy," 28 June 2018 On June 27th, 2015, Bree Newsome climbed the state house flag pole in South Carolina to remove a Confederate flag from its moorings. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Black Women Are Not Your Superheroes," 9 July 2018 In 2007, there were 980 total moorings at Monroe Harbor and all of them were occupied, according to Westrec. Morgan Greene,, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018 The complex of piers, artificial islands and offshore moorings on the finger of land curling into the Gulf at Ras Tanura is the biggest oil-export terminal of the world’s biggest oil exporter. The Economist, "Breaking the curseWhy Gulf economies struggle to wean themselves off oil," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of mooring

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of mooring

: a place where a boat or ship can be anchored or moored

moorings : the anchors, ropes, and cables that are used to hold a boat or ship in place


moor·​ing | \ˈmu̇r-iŋ \

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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