1》 a heavy object used to moor a ship to the sea bottom, typically having a metal shank with a pair of curved, barbed flukes.
↘( ~s ) Brit. informal the brakes of a car.
2》 chiefly N. Amer. an ~man or ~woman.
1》 moor with an ~.
↘secure firmly in position.
2》 chiefly N. Amer. present and coordinate (a television or radio programme).
at ~ moored with an ~.
OE ancor , ancra , via L. from Gk ankura ; reinforced in ME by OFr. ancre .