Meaning of ANCHOR in English

[an.chor] n, often attrib [ME ancre, fr. OE ancor, fr. L anchora, fr. Gk ankyra; akin to OE anga hook--more at angle] (bef. 12c) 1: a device usu. 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 -- an.chor.less adj -- at anchor : being anchored

[2]anchor vb an.chored ; vt (13c) 1: to hold in place in the water by an anchor

2: to secure firmly: fix

3: to act or serve as an anchor for "it is she who is ~ing the rebuilding campaign --G. D. Boone" "~ing the evening news" ~ vi 1: to cast anchor

2: to become fixed

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