Meaning of ANCHOR in English

I. ˈaŋ-kər 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

• an·chor·less -ləs adjective

- at anchor


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


II. verb

( an·chored ; an·chor·ing -k(ə-)riŋ)

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 anchor ing the rebuilding campaign — G. D. Boone

anchor ing the evening news

intransitive verb

1. : to cast anchor

2. : to become fixed

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