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.

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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 Oh, and said bay has four moorings edging Penobscot Bay — known for its world-class sailing waters, setting it up as a Mecca for food lovers who sail. Alexandra Hall,, "Serving up splendor Downeast," 5 Aug. 2019 In Plymouth Harbor, an unoccupied boat sunk in its mooring early Friday, and several other vessels had to be pumped out, but there were no injuries reported, said Donald Gourley, an assistant harbor master for the town. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Region drying out after flooding, overnight storms," 12 July 2019 Attracting visitors to the marina complements local efforts to develop the site with additional camping, fishing and mooring facilities, among other plans., "The Historic Oregon Film Trail celebrates scenery, history, movies like ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Stand By Me,’ and more," 25 July 2019

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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
: 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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