un·​an·​chored | \ ˌən-ˈaŋ-kərd How to pronounce unanchored (audio) \

Definition of unanchored

1 : not anchored : not at anchor
2 : not having a firm basis or foundation

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In 1993, Karničar had been the first to attempt skiing K2 but abandoned the effort after wind lifted his unanchored skis off the mountain at 25,900 feet. National Geographic, "Meet the skier who made the 'impossible' first solo descent of K2," 12 June 2019 But the centerpiece of the show is both impressive and instructive, even if it’s built on the flimsiest foundation and seems apt to topple over like an unanchored church steeple. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Derren Brown: Miracle’ Review: Deception on the Stage and Under the Steeple," 21 June 2018 Update, October 20, 2017: Yet another child has died after an unanchored IKEA dresser tipped over, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Another Child Has Died After an IKEA Dresser Tipped Over," 20 Oct. 2017 The weather service says storm threats include damage to porches, carports, sheds and unanchored mobile homes. Bloomberg.com, "URGENT: The Latest: Dutch Government: 4 Irma Deaths on St. Maarten," 10 Sep. 2017 Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery and trees. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "How hurricane categories are measured by Saffir-Simpson scale," 26 Aug. 2017 Without that frame, the tale and its characters have less resonance, and their outsized passions and emotions can seem unanchored and cartoonish. Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, "‘Moby Dick’ proves uncatchable for flashy Lookingglass stage adaptation," 29 Jan. 2017 Because this album travels in so many directions, there are places where Mr. Vernon sounds unanchored, and where his reluctance gives way to lack of commitment. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Review: With ‘22, a Million,’ Bon Iver Beats a Retreat to Even Quieter Reinvention," 28 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of unanchored

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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