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 The Encyclopedia of Arkansas includes information that's not always readily available or easily accessible -- information that might be lost to the ether without some sort of digital mooring. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 5 Sep. 2022 The harbor has 900 mooring balls, three-quarters of which are reserved for residents. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2022 The property includes a cabana, entertaining area, private boat launch, mooring buoy, and RV parking. The Week Staff, The Week, 24 July 2022 To top it off, Bosco comes with a coveted long-term, 120-year mooring at Oyster Pier. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 July 2022 The ban applies to food containers used by restaurants as well as to polystyrene egg cartons, coolers, ice chests, pool toys, dock floats and mooring buoys. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2022 Ambivalence characterized my mom’s youth, the result of upheaval and the consequent loss of mooring. David Wright Faladé, The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 Crew members get the mooring ropes ready as the superyacht Amadea, linked to Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, arrives at the Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii, June 16, 2022. CBS News, 27 June 2022 In addition to the launch system, the Fujian is equipped with blocking devices, and a full-load displacement of more than 80,000 tons, Xinhua reported, adding that the ship will carry out mooring tests and navigation tests after the launch. Nectar Gan, Brad Lendon, CNN, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mooring

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Sep 2022

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“Mooring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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