WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
moor•ing /ˈmʊrɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. NauticalUsually,  moorings. [plural] the means by which a ship, boat, or aircraft is moored:Ships were torn from their moorings.
  2. Nauticalmoorings, [plural] a place where a ship, boat, or aircraft may be moored:The safest moorings were on the mainland.
  3. Usually,  moorings. a source of stability or security:Would he lose his moorings if he began to doubt his religion?

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
moor•ing  (mŏŏring),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of a person or thing that moors.
  2. NauticalUsually,  moorings. the means by which a ship, boat, or aircraft is moored.
  3. Nauticalmoorings, a place where a ship, boat, or aircraft may be moored.
  4. Usually,  moorings. one's stability or security:After the death of his wife he lost his moorings.
  • 1375–1425; late Middle English; compare Middle Dutch moor; see moor2, -ing1


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

mooring /ˈmʊərɪŋ ˈmɔː-/ n
  1. a place for mooring a vessel
  2. a permanent anchor, dropped in the water and equipped with a floating buoy, to which vessels can moor



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