What does anchor mean?

Definitions for anchor
ˈæŋ kəran·chor

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word anchor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anchor, ground tacklenoun

    a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

  2. anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpinnoun

    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, anchorpersonverb

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

  4. anchor, groundverb

    fix firmly and stably

    "anchor the lamppost in concrete"

  5. anchor, cast anchor, drop anchorverb

    secure a vessel with an anchor

    "We anchored at Baltimore"


  1. anchornoun

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

  2. anchornoun

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

  3. anchornoun

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

  4. anchornoun

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

  5. anchornoun

    An anchorman or anchorwoman.

  6. anchorverb

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

  7. anchorverb

    To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.

  8. anchorverb

    To perform as an anchorman.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ANCHORnoun

    Etymology: anchora, Lat.

    He said, and wept; then spread his sails before
    The winds, and reach’d at length the Cuman shore:
    Their anchors dropt, his crew the vessels moor. John Dryden, Æn.

    Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth not into that within the veil. Hebrews, vi. 19.

    The Turkish general, deceived of his expectations, and perceiving that the Rhodians would not be drawn forth to battle at sea, withdrew his fleet, when casting anchor, and landing his men, he burnt the corn. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Ent’ring with the tide,
    He dropp’d his anchors, and his oars he ply’d:
    Furl’d every sail, and drawing down the mast,
    His vessel moor’d, and made with haulsers fast. John Dryden, Homer.

    Far from your capital my ship resides
    At Reithrus, and secure at anchor rides. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

  2. Anchornoun

    Shakespeare seems to have used this word for anchoret, or an abstemious recluse person.

    To desperation turn my trust and hope!
    An anchor’s cheer in prison be my scope! William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

  3. To Anchorverb

    Etymology: from anchor.

    The fishermen that walk upon the beach
    Appear like mice; and yon tall anchoring bark
    Diminish’d to her cock; her cock, a buoy
    Almost too small for sight. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Near Calais the Spaniards anchored, expecting their land-forces, which came not. Francis Bacon.

    Or the strait course to rocky Chios plow,
    And anchor under Mimos’ shaggy brow. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    My intention, hearing not my tongue,
    Anchors on Isabel. William Shakespeare.

    My tongue should to my ears not name my boys,
    ’Till that my nails were anchor’d in thine eyes. William Shakespeare, R. III.


  1. Anchor

    An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, used to secure 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 ancoracode: lat promoted to code: la , which itself comes from the Greek ἄγκυραcode: ell promoted to code: el (ankȳracode: ell promoted to code: el ).Anchors can either be temporary or permanent. Permanent anchors are used in the creation of a mooring, and are rarely moved; a specialist service is normally needed to move or maintain them. Vessels carry one or more temporary anchors, which may be of different designs and weights. A sea anchor is a drag device, not in contact with the seabed, used to minimise drift of a vessel relative to the water. A drogue is a drag device used to slow or help steer a vessel running before a storm in a following or overtaking sea, or when crossing a bar in a breaking sea.


  1. anchor

    An anchor can refer to a device or object used to secure or stabilize something in place. It can also refer to a person or thing that provides stability, support, or control. In the context of broadcasting, an anchor is a person who presents and narrates news, events, or programs on television or radio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anchornoun

    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. Anchornoun

    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. Anchornoun

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

  4. Anchornoun

    an emblem of hope

  5. Anchornoun

    a metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together

  6. Anchornoun

    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. Anchornoun

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

  8. Anchorverb

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

  9. Anchorverb

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

  10. Anchorverb

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

  11. Anchorverb

    to stop; to fix or rest

  12. Anchornoun

    an anchoret

  13. Etymology: [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. 'a`gkyra, akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See Angle, n.]


  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. anchor

    A large and heavy instrument in use from the earliest times for holding and retaining ships, which it executes with admirable force. With few exceptions it consists of a long iron shank, having at one end a ring, to which the cable is attached, and the other branching out into two arms, with flukes or palms at their bill or extremity. A stock of timber or iron is fixed at right angles to the arms, and serves to guide the flukes perpendicularly to the surface of the ground. According to their various form and size, anchors obtain the epithets of the sheet, best bower, small bower, spare, stream, kedge, and grapling (which see under their respective heads). Anchor floating, see FLOATING ANCHOR.--At anchor, the situation of a ship which rides by its anchor.--To anchor, to cast or to let go the anchor, so that it falls into the ground for the ship to ride thereby.--To anchor with a spring on the cable, see SPRING. Anchor is also used figuratively for anything which confers security or stability.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Anchor is ranked #88020 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Anchor surname appeared 211 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Anchor.

    95.2% or 201 total occurrences were White.

Anagrams for anchor »

  1. noarch

  2. archon

  3. Charon

  4. rancho

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anchor in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anchor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of anchor in a Sentence

  1. Erika Lee:

    There seems to be very little effort to mobilize the Asian-American vote, so to have Asian-Americans enter into this debate as potential 'anchor babies' is -- people feel like it represents the disregard that politicians have for Asian-Americans.

  2. Nikolas Xiros:

    There is a series of peculiar things and all that need to be explained, it may very well be some kind of an accident, but not necessarily a human error. We will have to see. But … I think the most probable explanation is the ship with anchor down moved both back and forth and possibly caused damage to the pipeline.

  3. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

  4. Don Lemon:

    It's been a really tough day, today, and a tough few days for us here at CNN, so the truth is that we're all heartbroken because we lost our leader here. We lost a man who was the backbone, the glue and the spirit of this company, the man who I personally credit with change in my life, the man who believed in me when nobody else did. He is the reason that you have a gay, Black man with two hours of primetime, a show with my name on it, the only anchor of color in primetime on cable news, think about that. You want to talk about diversity? Here it is.

  5. Lester Holt:

    He's an exceptional anchor who goes straight to the heart of every story, in many ways, television news stands at a crossroads, and Lester is the perfect person to meet the moment.

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