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 At the bow of the ship is the anchor and gear room, which also holds a mooring post which slides out when the hatch is opened. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "New York to Europe by Clipper: A Prelude to an Historic Flight," 30 Oct. 2020 The port may evacuate, but its nearly 200 vessels will remain staffed in case of mooring breaks and other emergencies. Tristan Baurick,, "Hurricane Zeta to become 5th named storm to hit Louisiana in unprecedented season," 26 Oct. 2020 Apparently, the bombers used the routine handling of mooring lines to get close enough to the Cole to move alongside either unnoticed or too quickly for crew members to react. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Remembering the attack on the destroyer Cole 20 years ago," 15 Oct. 2020 Columbus' flagship, the Niña, survived the tropical storm of 1495 just as a modern-day replica of the Niña survived a near shipwreck when Hurricane Sally struck its mooring in Pensacola last week. al, "Christopher Columbus replica ships survive Hurricane Sally in Alabama, Florida," 25 Sep. 2020 When the buoy bobs on waves and tugs on the mooring, that stretchy bit coming off the instrument stays silent, allowing the hydrophone to listen for whales undisturbed. Matt Simon, Wired, "Want to Save the Whales? Eavesdrop on Their Calls," 17 Sep. 2020 The restrictions were so strict as to prevent me from even rowing out to my yacht to check the mooring and bilges for an agonizing six weeks. Herb Mccormick, Popular Science, "Five stories of sailors who weathered COVID-19 out at sea," 17 Aug. 2020 Another boat belonging to his cousin, Clarence Dyson, ripped from its mooring and dragged another boat with it into the channel. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "'I knew I was going to die': Shrimpers rescue each other from sinking boats while riding out Hurricane Laura," 30 Aug. 2020 The grandmother was the matriarch, the mooring point that connected everyone. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | STEVE STRAESSLE: Fighting failure," 22 Aug. 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 23 Nov. 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


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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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