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"


  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

  13. Origin: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. anchor

    Is a type of device, created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles used to connect a boat, ship or vessel to the bed of a body of water.

    Every boat and ship of modern design has a type of anchor attached to it to be used when needed.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 29, 2015  

Anagrams for anchor »

  1. noarch

  2. Charon

  3. archon

How to pronounce anchor?

  1. Alex
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How to say anchor in sign language?

  1. anchor


  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. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay:

    Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.

  2. Alfred Lord Tennyson:

    Cast all your cares on God; that anchor holds.

  3. President Sebastian Mejia:

    Rappi ... is basically their anchor investment in the region.

  4. John Mousseau:

    Low interest rates have been the anchor for stock prices for a while.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Visit the port of goodness often; if you can, cast your anchor over there!

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