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 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"

Wiktionary

  1. anchornoun

    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. anchornoun

    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. anchornoun

    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. anchornoun

    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. anchornoun

    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. anchorverb

    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. anchorverb

    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. anchorverb

    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. 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

    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. 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

    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. Anchornoun

    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. Anchornoun

    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. Anchornoun

    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. 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

    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. Anchornoun

    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. Anchorverb

    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. Anchorverb

    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. Anchorverb

    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. Anchorverb

    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. Anchornoun

    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. Euan Graham:

    I think the U.S. is trying to get its allies to do more, there is an obvious symmetry between Japan as the upper anchor of the Western Pacific alliance and ... Australia as the southern anchor.

  2. Nick Read:

    Vodafone is obviously a very high-quality anchor tenant and we've got very high-quality assets, and these opportunities don't come around there often, so people are very, very keen to pursue it with us.

  3. Frederick Douglass:

    I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored mans political hopes and the ark of his safety.

  4. Ettore Rossetti:

    Giving Tuesday enables us to have a formal anchor on the calendar that ushers in and starts the season of giving.

  5. Howie Mandel:

    I try to anchor myself. I have a beautiful family and I love what I do. But at the same time, I can fall into a dark depression I can't get out of.

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