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 changes offered purpose and vital human connections that seemed to serve as moorings in a life too routinely unsteadied by the gathering gloom. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Painful lesson of late Jake Palet: Helping, hurting can go hand-in-hand," 16 Sep. 2019 Along with ballistic vests, plates and helmets, it is used in mooring ropes for tankers and the protective netting that lines Major League Baseball facilities like Fenway Park. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "With ‘America First’, some foreign companies in the U.S. fear Trump is putting them last," 19 Aug. 2019 Once the Conduct Panel announced its findings on Twitter, however, a wave of internet fervor crashed against its moorings, mostly from activist Smashers who felt its decision was too lenient. Steven T. Wright, The Verge, "How fighting game tournaments are dealing with toxic and unruly players," 16 Aug. 2019 Shanti Ghar started out as a barge that floated alongside Labate and Lyons’ old houseboat in the Gates Co-op, awaiting a permanent mooring at Waldo Point Harbor. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Look inside: Floating on a dream houseboat in Sausalito," 31 Aug. 2019 After sailing over from South Africa in a yacht, her parents began their life in London at a mooring near Tower Bridge. The Economist, "Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song," 22 June 2019 None of these policies requires the American Right to abandon its traditional moorings, embrace industrial-policy schemes, or expand the welfare state. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 Claire, caught fire last year at its mooring along the east riverfront and faces extensive — and expensive — repairs. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Tiki boats could be start of untapped business opportunity on Detroit River," 22 Aug. 2019 Here, there is nothing but the sun newly eased from its moorings, starting its sure and baking drift into the great Sicilian emptiness. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Islands Near Sicily Might Be the Last Uncrowded Part of Italy," 22 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mooring.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of mooring

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mooring

Statistics for mooring

Last Updated

29 Sep 2019

Time Traveler for mooring

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for mooring


How to pronounce mooring (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on mooring

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for mooring

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with mooring

Spanish Central: Translation of mooring

Nglish: Translation of mooring for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of mooring for Arabic Speakers

Comments on mooring

What made you want to look up mooring? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to spread as a report or rumor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!