1an·chor noun, often attributive \ˈaŋ-kər\
: 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
: a reliable or principal support : mainstay
: something that serves to hold an object firmly
: an object shaped like a ship's anchor
: the member of a team (as a relay team) that competes last
: a large business (as a department store) that attracts customers and other businesses to a shopping center or mall
Examples of ANCHOR
- The ship dropped anchor in a secluded harbor.
- He described his wife as the emotional anchor of his life.
- a local bank that has been the financial anchor of the community
Origin of ANCHOR
Middle English ancre,
from Old English ancor,
from Latin anchora,
from Greek ankyra;
akin to Old English anga
hook — more at angle
First Known Use: before 12th century
Rhymes with ANCHOR
: to hold in place in the water by an anchor <anchor a ship>
: to secure firmly : fix <anchor a post in concrete>
: to act or serve as an anchor for <it is she who is anchoring the rebuilding campaign — G. D. Boone> <anchoring the evening news>
Examples of ANCHOR
- They anchored the ship in the bay.
- The ship anchored in the bay.
- a star quarterback who has anchored the team's offense for many years
First Known Use of ANCHOR
Related to ANCHOR
- fasten, catch, clamp, fix, hitch, moor, secure, set
- loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen
an·chor transitive verb \ˈaŋ-kər\ (Medical Dictionary)
: to relate psychologically to a point or frame of reference (as to a person, a situation, an object, or a conceptual scheme)
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