What does anchor mean?

Definitions for anchor
ˈæŋ kəran·chor

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word anchor.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. anchor(Noun)

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

    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.

  2. anchor(Noun)

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

    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.

  3. anchor(Noun)

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

    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.

  4. anchor(Noun)

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

    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.

  5. anchor(Noun)

    An anchorman or anchorwoman.

    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.

  6. anchor(Verb)

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

    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.

  7. anchor(Verb)

    To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.

    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.

  8. anchor(Verb)

    To perform as an anchorman.

    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.

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  3. Anchor(noun)

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

    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.]

  4. Anchor(noun)

    an emblem of hope

    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.]

  5. Anchor(noun)

    a metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  8. Anchor(verb)

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

    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.]

  9. Anchor(verb)

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

    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.]

  10. Anchor(verb)

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

    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.]

  11. Anchor(verb)

    to stop; to fix or rest

    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.]

  12. Anchor(noun)

    an anchoret

    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.]

Freebase

  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.

Anagrams for anchor »

  1. noarch

  2. Charon

  3. archon

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Numerology

  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. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    In good times, we all want to drop anchor, to stop in time! But man is condemned to move till the far end of the precipice!

  2. Larry Caputo:

    I just cared for her enough that I was n’t going to let that affect us, i was n’t going to break up with her because she has this issue. I feltlike I was her anchor in those moments. It was a pattern and it would n’t last long, I knew that, so it just a matter of getting through whatever amount of time it took her to go through that anxiety attack.

  3. Jason Furman:

    I have a lot of people pushing me, why? Why does it need to be 80 (percent) as opposed to 120, or 40? What's the evidence? i have just lost my ability to have any economic conviction around that as an anchor. Definitely it should not go to infinity.

  4. 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.

  5. Kevin Caves:

    [Larry] was an anchor, so he has catchphrases— and [saying,] ‘I love you’ to his family, and calling his dog, talking to his grandkids— these are audio clips that can then be put into a commercially available communication device, so when he hits the button to choose the phrase, it will play the phrase versus text to speech, a number of people who did this wait too long.

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