an·​chor·​age | \ˈaŋ-k(ə-)rij \

Definition of anchorage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a place where vessels anchor : a place suitable for anchoring

b : the act of anchoring : the condition of being anchored

2 : a means of securing : a source of reassurance this anchorage of Christian hope— T. O. Wedel

3 : something that provides a secure hold


geographical name
An·​chor·​age | \ˈaŋ-k(ə-)rij \

Definition of Anchorage (Entry 2 of 2)

municipality in south central Alaska at the head of Cook Inlet population 291,826

Note: Anchorage is by far Alaska's most populous city.

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Synonyms for anchorage

Synonyms: Noun

harbor, harborage, haven, port

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Examples of anchorage in a Sentence


an area of safe anchorage A heavy metal ring provides anchorage for the cable. The ring serves as a secure anchorage.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Operation Crossroads involved two tests, Test Able and Test Baker, each simulating an atomic attack on a fleet at anchorage. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship," 17 Sep. 2018 Image In July 1995, the artist Maura Sheehan installed a skateable sculpture in the anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge, over on the Brooklyn side. Jeff Ihaza, New York Times, "Skateboarders Won," 7 Apr. 2018 Guadalcanal, Rabaul, Saipan—suddenly loomed large in an American strategy driven by air strips and deep-water anchorages. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘World War II at Sea’ Review: A History Written in Water," 18 May 2018 The anchorage gives boaters a free place to stay for up to five days. Hillary Davis,, "Newport takes steps toward a second year-round anchorage," 15 Feb. 2018 These root deeply into the granular base for anchorage and moisture deeper inside the hillside. Maureen Gilmer, idahostatesman, "Lupine is tailor-made for gardens in the West," 7 Feb. 2018 The new law is required for the city of San Diego, which has jurisdiction over the waters off the military base, to issue tickets to vessels there because there are no laws prohibiting anchorage in the Pacific Ocean, Wurts said. David Garrick,, "Spike in abandoned boats prompts calls for crackdown," 11 Oct. 2017 Some police officers on boats cruised around the anchorage looking for any evidence. Pauline Repard,, "Body found in San Diego Bay may be accidental fall victim," 31 Aug. 2017 From the North Camden waterfront, the steel arc and granite anchorages of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge offer a majestic blue-and-gray display of 20th-century urban aspirations. Kevin Riordan,, "What scrappy Camden offers Amazon others can't: A chance to lift up an entire city," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of anchorage


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of anchorage was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of anchorage

: a place where boats and ships are anchored

: something that provides a strong hold or connection


an·​chor·​age | \ˈaŋ-kə-rij \

Kids Definition of anchorage

: a place where boats can be anchored


an·​chor·​age | \ˈaŋ-k(ə-)rij \

Medical Definition of anchorage 

1 : the act of securing or fastening firmly

2 : something (as a tooth) that provides a secure hold anchorage for a dental plate

3 : a point or frame of psychological reference

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a nest or breeding place

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