Meaning of ANCHOR in English

ANCHOR

n. & v.

--n.

1. a heavy metal weight used to moor a ship to the sea-bottom or a balloon to the ground.

2 a thing affording stability.

3 a source of confidence.

--v.

1. tr. secure (a ship or balloon) by means of an anchor.

2 tr. fix firmly.

3 intr. cast anchor.

4 intr. be moored by means of an anchor.

Phrases and idioms:

anchor-plate a heavy piece of timber or metal, e.g. as support for suspension-bridge cables. at anchor moored by means of an anchor. cast (or come to) anchor let the anchor down. weigh anchor take the anchor up.

Etymology: OE ancor f. L anchora f. Gk agkura

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.