1. The act or an instance of making fast an aircraft or a vessel, as by a cable or anchor.
2. A place or structure to which a vessel or aircraft can be moored.
3. Equipment, such as anchors or chains, for holding fast a vessel or aircraft.
4. often moorings Beliefs or familiar ways of thinking that provide psychological stability or security: politicians who lost their moorings during the war.
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