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 The kingdom helped the Happiness 1 reach anchorage off Jiddah, where it was repaired and later left. Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran says an oil tanker was struck by missiles off the coast of Saudi Arabia," 21 June 2019 The ship, the Stena Impero, set sail from Iran Friday morning, arriving at an anchorage outside Dubai’s Port Rashid in the United Arab Emirates just before midnight. Nasser Karimi, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Iran slams US for barring Zarif from New York hospital visit," 28 Sep. 2019 The fibers increase the strength and flexibility of the mix while ensuring a high porosity for better anchorage for plant roots. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Will Your Home Soon Be Made of Green Charcoal Bricks?," 22 Sep. 2019 In 1918, the idea of scooping out the muck and creating an anchorage was floated again, but this time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stepped in, saying such an undertaking was simply impractical. Los Angeles Times, "Jerry Epstein, last of the Marina del Rey developers, dies at 96," 11 Sep. 2019 There is a ship-to-ship transfer anchorage outside of Tripoli port limits. Reuters, The Mercury News, "US says Iranian oil tanker is now headed to Syria," 30 Aug. 2019 The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar about 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Sunday. NBC News, "Iran warns U.S. against interference as Gilbraltar releases oil tanker," 19 Aug. 2019 More anchorages were planned elsewhere in the Hudson. Andrew Revkin, National Geographic, "14-foot fish spotted in river, giving hope to vanished giant’s return," 7 Mar. 2019 The Front Altair, which caught fire after the apparent attack, limped into anchorage Sunday off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates, near the port city of Khorfakkan. Aya Batrawy,, "Saudi crown prince says kingdom isn’t seeking war in region," 16 June 2019

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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 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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