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  • n. Plural form of mooring.
  • n. A place or places where a vessel may be made fast


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  • In Fugitive Days Ayers uses the word moorings on two occasions, both times figuratively but precisely, as with, β€œin time words lost their moorings and floated away.”

    Deconstructing Obama

  • With this object, the caddis worm cuts its moorings, that is to say, the rootlets which keep the cylinder fixed, or else the half-severed leaf of pond weed on which the cone-shaped bag has come into being.

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  • After the battling for 20 minutes, the coaches took the nets off the moorings, which is always the signal for players that their legs are about to burn. rss feed

  • He then cited Edmund Burke, William F. Buckley, and Ronald Reagan as the "moorings" of the GOP.

    Keep the Change

  • Thankful, although she kept the disappointment to herself, the fact that the captain had not shifted what he called his "moorings" to her establishment.

    Thankful's Inheritance

  • As a rant from someone who's admittedly and rather amusingly lost his "moorings" (and is ecstatic about it), however, Joe Bageant's offering is certainly no worse than most. Main RSS Feed

  • When the loading was completed, she sank at her moorings with only parts of her masts visible.

    Whatever Happened to Jack London's Boat, the Snark?

  • Those who stayed at home kept a sleepless vigil Wednesday as boats torn from their moorings and pieces of bridges swept past like torpedoes.

    Flood Waters Peak in Australian City of Brisbane

  • Though the rise of the Brisbane river had been predicted for many days, owners left their boats on the river, some of them moored to pontoons, which were themselves ripped from their moorings.

    Australian floods: Why were we so surprised?

  • Ships loosed from their moorings capsize and then they're gone

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