Definition of mooring in US English:



often moorings
  • 1A place where a boat or ship is moored.

    ‘the boat had been at its usual moorings immediately prior to the storm’
    • ‘The park already has a marina with 100 boat moorings.’
    • ‘Among other findings, there was support for more jetties and holiday moorings.’
    • ‘Well-tended houseboats line the towpath, berthed at permanent moorings complete with mini-gardens and bankside electricity supply.’
    • ‘I met up with Ronnie at his boat moorings and after the usual welcome and introduction it was into his flats boat and across the channel to the flats.’
    • ‘However, harbour rules forbid owners with permanent moorings to spend more than a couple of nights a week aboard their yachts, so they cannot become a permanent home.’
    • ‘Other suggestions include opening up the river to more boats, providing better moorings and even a floating restaurant.’
    • ‘Mr Fish allowed Elliott to sleep on the boat so long as he did not take it from its moorings in Naburn Marina.’
    • ‘There will be a marina and moorings for yachts within the Grand Canal Basin.’
    • ‘Many clubs do not have moorings but certainly have docks, piers, gangways and floats.’
    • ‘Permanent moorings have been established for charter and recreational boats.’
    • ‘With 14 permanent moorings on some of the more remarkable reefs, the diving is aimed at every level of experience and is nothing short of spectacular.’
    • ‘Boats should use permanent moorings, not anchors’
    • ‘Moreover, the website of the Hotel which had been designed by your clients had included the private moorings as being one of the Hotel's facilities.’
    • ‘Eric contacted traffic control and made arrangements to dock the the boat in one of Percy's private moorings.’
    • ‘The club did not need it, however, because it had no marina facilities - docks, moorings or boat storage.’
    • ‘Presently it is difficult to locate a mooring to berth a boat for the night, let alone find one to tie to while diving.’
    • ‘St. Thomas harbor was pretty full of boats but most of them were on moorings just west of the docks at Yacht Haven.’
    • ‘He turned slowly around the room, getting used to the feel of the boat again, with subtle hum of the engines, and the gentle tug as she moved away from the moorings at dockside.’
    • ‘There are too many nice boats sitting at their moorings, owned by people with no time to sail them.’
    • ‘In addition new parks, public spaces and pedestrian routes, a new marina, moorings and recreation areas will be built throughout the whole docks area.’
    port, dock, haven, marina, dockyard, boatyard, anchorage, roads, waterfront
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    1. 1.1 The ropes, chains, or anchors by or to which a boat, ship, or buoy is moored.
      ‘the great ship slipped its moorings and slid out into the Atlantic’
      figurative ‘the little ways in which those who grieve regain their moorings’
      • ‘Slowly the the boat came into dock with the moorings and a slight thud resounded through out the ship as the cuffs locked down the ship holding it in place.’
      • ‘Before we left I attached a beacon to the mooring buoy so that we could find it for a night-dive - this site had to be visited again.’
      • ‘Boats anchored near the Marina are ripped from their moorings and one of them is deposited on Dockweiler Beach.’
      • ‘There were 25 guests aboard when the boat slipped her moorings.’
      • ‘Many fishermen may be unaware of the effect of their activities on the salmon stock or may not know that the buoys around farms indicate the presence of a network of moorings and anchors keeping the farm in place.’
      • ‘The ensuing tidal wave had snapped mooring lines, and even boats that had held their moorings were wrecked.’
      • ‘Rather, he was screaming at an empty boat that had broken free of its moorings and was just floating downstream with the current.’
      • ‘We had somehow got one of our mooring ropes entangled in the propeller of the boat, we had no engines, and we were drifting helplessly.’
      • ‘Untying the mooring ropes I pushed the motor into gear, slowly moving away from the jetty.’
      • ‘Even those which did stay for any length of time had to survive batterings, groundings and the ravages of the Great Storm of 1869, which pulled ships from their moorings and pitched the Humber into chaos.’
      • ‘On the lake itself, 35 miles north of the coast, a 200 ft container ship lost its moorings and threatened to strike the Interstate 10 motorway bridge.’
      • ‘That dawn the first catastrophe came when a steam ship broke its moorings and took out all three bridges to the mainland.’
      • ‘In the harbour the winds tore the boats from their moorings and sent them waltzing out onto the open waves.’
      • ‘Boats toss on their moorings or lay slumped on their sides on the beach, propped uselessly.’
      • ‘Not until they had slipped their moorings and they were well out to sea did Elissa reveal their destination.’
      • ‘He said that when he left his car he noticed that the vessel had drifted from the position in which she was moored and that the mooring ropes were broken and floating in the sea.’
      • ‘He buffeted his way past several rope moorings.’
      • ‘Three mooring buoys at her bow and stern make it easy to find your way up and down.’
      • ‘But perhaps the simplest and most effective was the introduction of heavy chain moorings which the sweep wires could not sever.’
      • ‘The first big winter storm will often deposit half a dozen boats (often with their inadequate moorings still attached) on the beach.’