Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A strong upright post of wood, stone, or iron, fixed firmly in the ground, for securing vessels to a landing-place by hawsers or chains.
- n. plural Same as mooring-bitts.
“Grimsby man shouted from his mooring-post, as the echoes ran along the cliffs, and rolled to and fro in the distance.”
“Upon the roadway of the pier, and over against a mooring-post, where the parapet and the pier itself made a needful turn toward the south, there was an equally needful thing, a gully-hole with an iron trap to carry off the rain that fell, or the spray that broke upon the fabric; and the outlet of this gully was in the face of the masonry outside.”
“They climbed up on to the ledge where the mooring-post was, and followed the boatman along another ledge that ran at the side of the high, enclosing rocks.”
“She could see the stars in it, and the sound of its liquid touch to step and mooring-post was almost inaudible.”
“They have taken the mallet and driven in the mooring-post; the ship's cable has been put on land.”
“He runs before you, zigzagging over the cobbles, up the sunny street, into the narrow house; out again, running now towards the Duomo, hiding in the porch of San Stefano, where the weavers held their meetings; back again along the wharves; surely he is hiding behind that mooring-post!”
“Instead, he ran swiftly to the mooring-post, took a double turn of the trailing hawser around it and stood by until the straining line snubbed the steamer's bow to the shore.”
“With the slackening of the line the steamer began to move out into the stream, and the man at the mooring-post looked around to see what had become of his companion.”
“Our illustration of a disused mooring-post (p. 24) is a symbol of the departed greatness of the town as a naval station.”
“And the rope would be whipped round a mooring-post on the quay, twenty girls would seize it, and the boat would go slipping past the pier, round the castle rocks, and then away before the north-wester like a gull.”
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