anchor
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English ancre, from Old English ancor, from Latin anchora, from Greek ankyra; akin to Old English anga hook — more at angle Date: before 12th century 1. a device usually of metal attached to a ship or boat by a cable and cast overboard to hold it in a particular place by means of a fluke that digs into the bottom 2. a reliable or principal support ; mainstay 3. something that serves to hold an object firmly 4. an object shaped like a ship's anchor 5. an anchorman or anchorwoman 6. the member of a team (as a relay team) that competes last 7. a large business (as a department store) that attracts customers and other businesses to a shopping center or mall 8. a fixed object (as a tree or a piton) to which a climber's rope is secured • anchorless adjective II. verb (anchored; anchoring) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to hold in place in the water by an anchor <
anchor a ship
>
2. to secure firmly ; fix <
anchor a post in concrete
>
3. to act or serve as an anchor for <
it is she who is anchoring the rebuilding campaign — G. D. Boone
>
<
anchoring the evening news
>
intransitive verb 1. to cast anchor 2. to become fixed

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  • 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 — ist der Name mehrerer Orte: Anchor Bay Gardens (Michigan) Anchor Bay Harbor (Michigan) Anchor Bay (Kalifornien) Anchor Bay (Malta) Anchor Bay Shores (Michigan) Anchor (Illinois) Anchor (Louisiana) Anchor Mill (Tennessee) Anchor (Mississippi)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • anchor — [aŋ′kər] n. [ME anker < OE ancor < L anc(h)ora < Gr ankyra, an anchor, hook < IE base * ank , to bend > ANKLE] 1. a heavy object, usually a shaped iron weight with flukes, lowered by cable or chain to the bottom of a body of water… …   English World dictionary

  • Anchor — An chor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Anchored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Anchoring}.] [Cf. F. ancrer.] 1. To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship. [1913 Webster] 2. To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor — An chor, v. i. 1. To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream. [1913 Webster] 2. To stop; to fix or rest. [1913 Webster] My invention . . . anchors on Isabel. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor — Anchor, IL U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 175 Housing Units (2000): 68 Land area (2000): 0.193467 sq. miles (0.501076 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.193467 sq. miles (0.501076 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • anchor — (ant. y pop. en algunos sitios) m. Anchura. * * * anchor. m. p. us. anchura (ǁ la menor de las dimensiones de las figuras planas) …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • anchor — [n] something used to hold another thing securely ballast, bower, comfort, defense, fastener, foothold, grapnel, grappling iron, grip, hold, hook, kedge, mainstay, mooring, mud hook, pillar, protection, safeguard, security, staff, stay, support;… …   New thesaurus

  • anchor — ► NOUN ▪ a heavy object used to moor a ship to the sea bottom, typically having a metal shank with a pair of curved, barbed flukes. ► VERB 1) moor with an anchor. 2) secure firmly in position. ORIGIN Greek ankura …   English terms dictionary

  • Anchor — An chor, n. [OE. anker, ancre, AS. ancra, fr. L. anachoreta. See {Anchoret}.] An anchoret. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anchor — index adhere (fasten), mainstay, security (safety) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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