Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of making fast an aircraft or a vessel, as by a cable or anchor.
  • n. A place or structure to which a vessel or aircraft can be moored.
  • n. Equipment, such as anchors or chains, for holding fast a vessel or an aircraft.
  • n. Elements providing stability or security. Often used in the plural: lost their emotional moorings during the war.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of moor.
  • n. A place to moor a vessel
  • n. The act of securing a vessel with a cable or anchor etc.
  • n. Something to which one adheres to, or the means that help one maintain a stable position and keep one's identity - moral, intellectual, political, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of confining a ship to a particular place, by means of anchors or fastenings.
  • n. That which serves to confine a ship to a place, as anchors, cables, bridles, etc.
  • n. The place or condition of a ship thus confined.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical:
  • n. The act of securing a ship or boat in a particular place by means of anchors, etc.
  • n. Mostly in the plural, that by which a ship is confined or secured, as the anchors, chains, and bridles laid athwart the bottom of a river or harbor: as, she lay at her moorings. Hence, generally
  • n. That to which anything is fastened, or by which it is held.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (nautical) a line that holds an object (especially a boat) in place
  • n. a place where a craft can be made fast

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Examples

  • WARNER: Well, I simply said, very carefully, that this ship was part of what you call the mooring team that come and are supplied by the harbors throughout the world.

    CNN Transcript - Breaking News: Families of U.S.S. Cole Crew Await Final Word on Missing Persons - October 12, 2000

  • No difficulty whatever was experienced in mooring the buoys in the deepest water, two having been left behind moored with pieces of cable that had been picked up from a depth of two miles.

    The Atlantic Telegraph

  • FRASER: The mooring is a standard procedure, particularly in Middle East ports where a mooring boat will come alongside, take your mooring line and then ran it over to the pier.

    CNN Transcript - Breaking News: President Clinton Vows to Hold USS Cole Attackers Accountable; Israeli Prime Minister Barak Defends Military Action Against Palestinians - October 12, 2000

  • A mooring is a buoy connected to an extremely heavy anchor or weight such as an engine block.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • Kalakala from its current berth in Tacoma with the idea of mooring it on PA's waterfront and renovating it as a multi-purpose entertainment center.

    Crosscut

  • This chain, called a mooring, looks a bit like a Christmas garland with its giant-sized orange and yellow buoys.

    Nunatsiaq News - Online

  • My mooring is a walk on, on the river close to Wareham quay opposite the priory it's a fantastic spot but it does bottom out to about two foot, great spot for kids as it's a sand bottom in the river, have Poole harbour to play in and the fabulous Studland beach to anchor off.

    YBW News

  • My mooring is a walk on, on the river close to Wareham quay opposite the priory it's a fantastic spot but it does bottom out to about two foot, so legs up. great spot for kids as it's a sand bottom in the river, have Poole harbour to play in and the fabulous Studland beach to anchor off.

    YBW News

  • The DDEN loadcell is said to be particularly suitable for cable-monitoring applications such as mooring tension in buoys, mast stays on yachts, or within the water industry during the clearing of blockages within underground pipes.

    Engineering Hardware-Software

  • "mooring," etc.; which done he gave his orders to twenty of his captains of men-of-war who were to follow him at a given word of command.

    Hellenica

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  • My adjectival use: 'Hand me the mooring rope.'

    August 23, 2011

  • Because society has drifted from the spiritual moorings of calling, it has developed some odd and distorted doctrines about finding your calling.

    June 29, 2010