American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To release from or as if from moorings.
- v. Nautical To release (a ship) from all but one anchor.
- v. To cast off moorings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nautical, to bring to the state of riding with a single anchor, after having been moored by two or more cables.
- To loose from anchorage or from moorings, literally or figuratively.
- To loose from moorings; weigh anchor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cause to ride with one anchor less than before, after having been moored by two or more anchors.
- v. To loose from anchorage. See moor, v. t.
- v. To weigh anchor.
- un- + moor (Wiktionary)
“The essential point, he said, is to "unmoor" criticism.”
“He's right, in the sense that the American Right began to unmoor itself from reality long before the Tea Party, or even Barack Obama's nomination.”
“Hurricane Irene's strong winds unmoor a boat and cause flooding as the storm makes landfall in North Carolina.”
“One of the first effects of this hyper-democratization of data was to unmoor information from the context required to understand it.”
“It is an actual example of "realism" unencumbered and applied with great rigor, and it is likely to unmoor the assumptions of those readers tied to a more conventionalized, less ascetic understanding of the role of "realistic" dialogue.”
“I would prefer this to a situation in which the EPA or the judiciary decides to unmoor themselves from Congress and start making environmental law sua sponte.”
“Lung cancer, for instance, might start as a spicular nodule in the lung, then unmoor itself and ambulate unexpectedly into the brain.”
“Cancer is built into our genomes: the genes that unmoor normal cell division are not foreign to our bodies, but rather mutated, distorted versions of the very genes that perform vital cellular functions.”
“A similar turmoil was occurring on the water as men made frantic attempts to unmoor boats and move them out of danger.”
“When their entreaties for loans are answered, chunks of the city will unmoor themselves from the lagoon.”
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