Definitions for ANCHORˈæŋ kər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•chorˈæŋ kər(n.)

  1. a heavy device dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for restraining the motion of a vessel or other floating object.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. any similar device for holding fast or checking motion.

  3. a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay.

  4. the main broadcaster on a program of news, sports, etc.

    Category: Showbiz

  5. a television program that attracts many viewers who are likely to stay tuned for the programs that follow.

    Category: Showbiz

  6. a well-known store, esp. a department store, that attracts customers to the shopping center in which it is located.

  7. the person on a sports team, esp. a relay team, who competes last. the person farthest to the rear on a tug-of-war team.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: Also, anchorman.

  8. anchors,Slang.the brakes of an automobile.

  9. (v.t.)to hold fast by an anchor.

  10. to fix or fasten; affix firmly:

    to anchor a button to a sleeve.

  11. to act or serve as a radio or television anchor for:

    to anchor the evening news.

  12. (v.i.)to drop anchor; lie or ride at anchor.

    Category: Nautical

  13. to keep hold or be firmly fixed.

  14. to act or serve as a radio or television anchor.

    Category: Sport, Showbiz

Idioms for anchor:

  1. at anchor, kept in place by an anchor.

    Category: Idiom, Navy

Origin of anchor:

bef. 900; OE ancor, ancer < L an-c(h)ora < Gk ánkȳra


Princeton's WordNet

  1. anchor, ground tackle(noun)

    a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

  2. anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin(noun)

    a central cohesive source of support and stability

    "faith is his anchor"; "the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money"; "he is the linchpin of this firm"

  3. anchor, anchorman, anchorperson(verb)

    a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute

  4. anchor, ground(verb)

    fix firmly and stably

    "anchor the lamppost in concrete"

  5. anchor, cast anchor, drop anchor(verb)

    secure a vessel with an anchor

    "We anchored at Baltimore"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. anchor(noun)ˈæŋ kər

    a weight to stop ships floating away

    to drop anchor

  2. anchorˈæŋ kər

    a person who reads the news on television

    the anchor on the local nightly news

  3. anchor(verb)ˈæŋ kər

    to drop an anchor in order to hold a boat in place

    a ship anchored a mile off the coast

  4. anchorˈæŋ kər

    to read the news on television

    She anchors a national news show.

  5. anchorˈæŋ kər

    to attach sth to prevent any movement

    pegs to anchor the tent


  1. anchor(Noun)

    A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.

  2. anchor(Noun)

    Generic term to refer to the combined anchoring gear (anchor, rode, and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass.)

  3. anchor(Noun)

    A fixed point, especially materials or tools used to affix something at that point.

  4. anchor(Noun)

    A marked point in a document that can be the target of a hyperlink.

  5. anchor(Noun)

    An anchorman or anchorwoman.

  6. anchor(Verb)

    To hold an object, especially a ship or a boat to a fixed point.

  7. anchor(Verb)

    To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.

  8. anchor(Verb)

    To perform as an anchorman.

  9. Origin: anker, ancor, from ancora, from (or cognate with) ἄγκυρα. The modern spelling is a sixteenth-century modification to better represent the Latin misspelling anchora.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anchor(noun)

    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

  2. Anchor(noun)

    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. Anchor(noun)

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

  4. Anchor(noun)

    an emblem of hope

  5. Anchor(noun)

    a metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together

  6. Anchor(noun)

    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

  7. Anchor(noun)

    one of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta

  8. Anchor(verb)

    to place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship

  9. Anchor(verb)

    to fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge

  10. Anchor(verb)

    to cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream

  11. Anchor(verb)

    to stop; to fix or rest

  12. Anchor(noun)

    an anchoret


  1. Anchor

    An anchor is a device normally made of metal, that is used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current. The word derives from Latin ancora, which itself comes from the Greek ἄγκυρα. Anchors can either be temporary or permanent. A permanent anchor is used in the creation of a mooring, and is rarely moved; a specialist service is normally needed to move or maintain it. Vessels carry one or more temporary anchors, which may be of different designs and weights. A sea anchor is a drogue, not in contact with the seabed, used to control a drifting vessel.

Anagrams of ANCHOR

  1. noarch

  2. Charon

  3. archon

Translations for ANCHOR

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something, usually a heavy piece of metal with points which dig into the sea-bed, used to hold a boat in one position.

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