an·​chor·​age | \ ˈaŋ-k(ə-)rij How to pronounce anchorage (audio) \

Definition of anchorage

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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


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An·​chor·​age | \ ˈaŋ-k(ə-)rij How to pronounce Anchorage (audio) \

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

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Examples of anchorage in a Sentence

Noun 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 As the John Paul Jones came astride the trawler, Hunt could now see its name, Wén Rui, and its home port, Quanzhou, a provincial-level anchorage astride the Taiwan Strait. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part I: Peril in the South China Sea," 26 Jan. 2021 Planes swarmed overhead, bombs began to fall and torpedoes sliced through the anchorage of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio area’s shrinking band of Pearl Harbor veterans will never forget," 7 Dec. 2020 The craft switched between patrolling around Danger Reefs, a rockfish conservation area off Vancouver Island’s east coast, mapping the seafloor, and loitering in a safe anchorage. Vanessa Minke-martin, Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Generation of Autonomous Vessels Is Looking to Catch Illegal Fishers," 19 Nov. 2020 But no matter how sheltered your anchorage, just remember to be flexible. Kathleen Ferraro, Travel + Leisure, "Michigan's Isle Royale National Park Is Home to Rugged Forests, Amazing Wildlife, and Incredible Shipwrecks — and It’s Best Explored by Water," 19 Sep. 2020 After 20 days, we were given permission to mingle with other cruisers in the anchorage but were not granted shore access. Herb Mccormick, Popular Science, "Five stories of sailors who weathered COVID-19 out at sea," 17 Aug. 2020 Dredging the anchorage area will also help keep it deep enough to be used by oceangoing vessels. Mark Schleifstein,, "Nearly 2 square miles of new marshland to be created with $176 million BP spill restoration money," 16 Aug. 2020 Two Celebrity ships — the Millennium and the Eclipse — are docked in the outer anchorage area off the coast of Coronado, with a skeleton crew on board. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego cruise business takes huge hit as lines cancel voyages late into the year due to COVID," 13 Aug. 2020 The three-point seatbelt assembly may have been installed without reinforcing washers under the floor at the anchorage point, possibly preventing the assembly from remaining anchored in the event of a crash. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for July 30-Aug. 6," 7 Aug. 2020

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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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“Anchorage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce anchorage (audio) \

Kids Definition of anchorage

: a place where boats can be anchored


an·​chor·​age | \ ˈaŋ-k(ə-)rij How to pronounce anchorage (audio) \

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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