What does anchor mean?

Definitions for anchor
ˈæŋ kəran·chor

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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.

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.

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. Gary Ross:

    They want $ 50 oil, this is going to become the new anchor for global oil prices, while it may not be an official target price, you ’ll hear them saying it. They’re trying to give the market an anchor.

  2. unknown:

    His calm and gentle tone was like an anchor in a ferocious sea, keeping me from drifting into a current of heartache.

  3. Saul Anuzis:

    He's a hyper-fast moving type of guy, when he sits across from you and says,' I'm making a commitment and I'm asking you to make a commitment,' -- he's not benefiting from it financially or politically in any way -- I think that's a pretty powerful selling tool to have.' Keep the Promises This summer, Toby Neugebauer stepped back from day-to-day operations and was replaced primarily by David Barton, a Texas operative with deep ties to the nation's pastors. Tom Patrick, Tom Patrick, said Tom Patrick hadn't heard from Toby Neugebauer in months. Like David Barton, the three groups tied to the three anchor families all have religious tones. Keep the Promise III, backed solely by $ 15 million from Texas fracking giants Farris and Dan Wilks, is breaking through in digital organizing via Promise III Reigniting the Promise project, with a months-old Facebook page that has quickly earned more than 350,000 likes. Conservative Solutions Project is advised by Jon Francis, a Dan Wilks family member and the manager of their philanthropic giving, along with a coterie of anti-abortion activists from a group called Online for Life, who have no prior experience in partisan politics. Keep the Promise I, funded by Long Island billionaire Robert Mercer and helmed by Kellyanne Conway, a well-regarded GOP political operative, is focusing a $ 1 million radio campaign on Christian channels in Iowa, where Ted Cruz is increasingly polling well. The $ 11 million group is also diversifying its portfolio and hiring organizers in the states. Steve King, an Iowa political operative and son of powerful Rep. Steve King, is leading a growing field team in the Hawkeye State, and there are plans to staff up in South Carolina as well to supplement the official campaign field team -- which South Carolina's bumping into on the trail.

  4. Bob Thompson:

    As NBC's weekend anchor, Lester Holt is kind of like Williams' vice president, so he'd be the default choice.

  5. Joe Lockhart:

    Trump said. But on Friday, CNN anchor Jon Berman noted that Trump canceled the Poland trip as the storms trajectory shifted from Puerto Rico to the Sunshine State. Joe Lockhart, theformer White House press secretaryforPresident Clinton, responded by arguingthatTrumpharboredracial bias and generally discounted Puerto Ricans. EX-CLINTON AIDE ON PUERTO RICO : TRUMP DOESNT THINK NON-WHITE PEOPLE ARE AS IMPORTANT Theres no doubt that Puerto Rico as part of the United States. He doesnt view people who didnt vote for him as important. And he doesnt view people who arent white as important as everyone else. Thats just its that simple.

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