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Meaning of anchor by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • anchour ( chiefly archaic )


    Middle English anker, Old English ancor, from Latin ancora, from ( or cognate with ) Ancient Greek ἄγκυρα ( ankura ). The modern spelling is a sixteenth-century modification to better represent the Latin misspelling anchora .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈæŋkə/, X-SAMPA: /"{Nk3`/
    • ( US ) enPR: ăngʹkər, IPA: /ˈæŋkɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"{Nk@`/
    • Rhymes: -æŋkə( r )


    anchor ( plural: anchors )

    1. ( nautical ) A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement .
    2. ( nautical ) Generic term to refer to the combined anchoring gear ( anchor, rode, and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass. )
    3. A fixed point, especially materials or tools used to affix something at that point .
    4. ( Internet ) A marked point in a document that can be the target of a hyperlink .
    5. ( television ) An anchorman or anchorwoman .
    6. ( athletics ) The final runner in a relay race .


    anchor ( third-person singular simple present anchors present participle anchoring, simple past and past participle anchored )

    1. To hold an object, especially a ship or a boat to a fixed point .
    2. To provide emotional stability for a person in distress .
    3. To perform as an anchorman .

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Explanation of anchor by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. secure a vessel with an anchor

    2. We anchored at Baltimore
    3. fix firmly and stably

    4. anchor the lamppost in concrete
    1. a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

    2. a central cohesive source of support and stability

    3. faith is his anchor
    4. a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute

    Definition of anchor by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Anchor ( ăṉkẽr ), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. ἄγκυρα, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See Angle, n.]
      1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable ( rope or chain ), and which, being cast overboard, lays hold of the earth by a fluke or hook and thus retains the ship in a particular station.

      ☞ The common anchor consists of a straight bar called a shank, having at one end a transverse bar called a stock, above which is a ring for the cable, and at the other end the crown, from which branch out two or more arms with flukes, forming with the shank a suitable angle to enter the ground.

      Formerly the largest and strongest anchor was the sheet anchor ( hence, Fig., best hope or last refuge ), called also waist anchor. Now the bower and the sheet anchor are usually alike. Then came the best bower and the small bower ( so called from being carried on the bows ). The stream anchor is one fourth the weight of the bower anchor. Kedges or kedge anchors are light anchors used in warping.

      2. Any instrument or contrivance serving a purpose like that of a ship's anchor, as an arrangement of timber to hold a dam fast; a contrivance to hold the end of a bridge cable, or other similar part; a contrivance used by founders to hold the core of a mold in place.

      3. Fig.: That which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety.

      Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul. Heb. vi. 19.

      4. ( Her. ) An emblem of hope.

      5. ( Arch. ) A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together. Carved work, somewhat resembling an anchor or arrowhead; -- a part of the ornaments of certain moldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor ( called also egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue ) ornament.

      6. ( Zool. ) One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta.

      6. ( Television ) an achorman, anchorwoman, or anchorperson.

      Anchor ice. See under Ice. --Anchor light See the vocabulary. -- Anchor ring. ( Math. ) Same as Annulus, 2 -- Anchor shot See the vocabulary. -- Anchor space See the vocabulary. -- Anchor stock ( Naut. ), the crossbar at the top of the shank at right angles to the arms. -- Anchor watch See the vocabulary. -- The anchor comes home, when it drags over the bottom as the ship drifts. -- Foul anchor, the anchor when it hooks, or is entangled with, another anchor, or with a cable or wreck, or when the slack cable is entangled. -- The anchor is acockbill, when it is suspended perpendicularly from the cathead, ready to be let go. -- The anchor is apeak, when the cable is drawn in so tight as to bring the ship directly over it. -- The anchor is atrip, or aweigh, when it is lifted out of the ground. -- The anchor is awash, when it is hove up to the surface of the water. -- At anchor, anchored. -- To back an anchor, to increase the holding power by laying down a small anchor ahead of that by which the ship
      rides, with the cable fastened to the crown of the latter to prevent its coming home. -- To cast anchor, to drop or let go an anchor to keep a ship at rest. -- To cat the anchor, to hoist the anchor to the cathead and pass the ring-stopper. -- To fish the anchor, to hoist the flukes to their resting place ( called the bill-boards ), and pass the shank painter. -- To weigh anchor, to heave or raise the anchor so as to sail away.

    2. Anchor v. t. [imp. & p. p. Anchored ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Anchoring.] [Cf. F. ancrer.]
      1. To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, “to anchor a ship”.

      2. To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, “to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge”.

      Till that my nails were anchored in thine eyes. Shak.

    3. Anchor, v. i.
      1. To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, “our ship ( or the captain ) anchored in the stream”.

      2. To stop; to fix or rest.

      My invention . . . anchors on Isabel. Shak.

    4. Anchor, n. [OE. anker, ancre, AS. ancra, fr. L. anachoreta. See Anchoret.] An anchoret. [Obs.] Shak.