Meaning of ANCHOR in English


Pronunciation: ' a ŋ -k ə r

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

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

– an · chor · less \ -l ə s \ adjective

– at anchor : being anchored

anchor 1: A yachtsman's: 1 ring, 2 stock, 3 shank, 4 bill, 5 fluke, 6 arm, 7 throat, 8 crown; B fluke; C grapnel; D plow; E mushroom

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.