waist anchor
Sheet anchor Sheet" an"chor [OE. scheten to shoot, AS. sce['o]tan; cf. OE. shoot anchor. See {Shoot}, v. t.] 1. (Naut.) A large anchor stowed on shores outside the waist of a vessel; -- called also {waist anchor}. See the Note under {Anchor}. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything regarded as a sure support or dependence in danger; the best hope or refuge. [1913 Webster]


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  • Waist anchor — Waist Waist, n. [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. w[ae]stm growth. See {Wax} to grow.] [1913 Webster] 1. That part of the human body which is immediately below the ribs or thorax; the small part of the body… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waist anchor — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [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. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waist anchor — noun spare anchor for use in emergency • Syn: ↑sheet anchor • Hypernyms: ↑anchor, ↑ground tackle * * * noun : sheet anchor * * * waist anchor noun An anchor s …   Useful english dictionary

  • Waist — Waist, n. [OE. wast; originally, growth, akin to AS. weaxan to grow; cf. AS. w[ae]stm growth. See {Wax} to grow.] [1913 Webster] 1. That part of the human body which is immediately below the ribs or thorax; the small part of the body between the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor — An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [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. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain), and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor ice — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [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. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor light — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [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. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor ring — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [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. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor shot — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [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. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor space — Anchor An chor ([a^][ng] k[ e]r), n. [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. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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