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Anchor meaning

anchor - 15 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Fig.: That which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety.
  5. 5. An emblem of hope.
  6. 6. A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
  7. 7. One of the anchor- shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
  8. 8. To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship.
  9. 9. To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge.
  10. 10. To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship ( or the captain) anchored in the stream.
  11. 11. To stop; to fix or rest.
  12. 12. An anchoret.
  13. 13. An iron instrument to hold a ship when afloat.
  14. 14. To cast an anchor.
  15. 15. To fix by an anchor.

anchor - examples of usage

  1. Larger boats do come sometimes in summer and anchor in a small harbour. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  2. You never can come to an anchor, and be quiet. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  3. Great was my satisfaction, therefore, when I saw her at anchor in Hamoaze. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
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