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 Minesweeping involves either dragging a wire through the water to cut the explosives’ mooring wires, or mimicking a ship to make the mines detonate. Christina Mackenzie, Popular Science, "This robotic maritime bomb squad keeps humans a safe distance away," 4 Aug. 2020 The program’s seven hundred thousand recipients have become the main mooring for the rest of their families, who often depend on their salaries and lawful status for food, medical care, and visibility. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "What the Supreme Court’s Surprise Decision on DACA Means for Hundreds of Thousands of Dreamers," 18 June 2020 Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings, according to the meteorological department. Pratik Parija,, "Biggest Storm in 20 Years Spurs South Asia to Evacuate Millions," 19 May 2020 The fierce winds that evening tore the floating boat dock from its mooring and blew it a few hundred feet to the north. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Middleburg Heights cancels Summer in the City Festival: Around The Town," 17 Apr. 2020 The two ships can be seen tethered together by mooring lines while a crane is deployed on the starboard side of the tanker. Fox News, "Iranian-flagged oil tanker previously seized for violating EU sanctions pictured off the coast of Syria again," 3 Oct. 2019 Images released by Maxar Technologies show the Jasmine alongside the Adrian Darya 1 on Wednesday, with mooring lines between them and a crane deployed on the larger vessel. Elena Becatoros, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Satellite images show activity around Iranian-flagged tanker," 3 Oct. 2019 The coronavirus has ripped United States financial markets from their moorings. NBC News, "When will financial markets hit bottom? The past may not hold any clues.," 16 Mar. 2020 Nine barges originally broke loose from their moorings as a result of floodwaters from Imelda, but only two struck the support columns of the westbound bridge, the Chronicle reported. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "I-10 at San Jacinto River fully reopens months after barge collision due to Imelda," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mooring

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mooring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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