Associations to the word «Anchor»


ANCHOR, noun. (nautical) A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.
ANCHOR, noun. Formerly a vessel would differentiate amongst the anchors carried as waist anchor, best bower, bower, stream and kedge anchors, depending on purpose and, to a great extent, on mass and size of the anchor. Modern usage is storm anchor for the heaviest anchor with the longest rode, best bower or simply bower for the most commonly used anchor deployed from the bow, and stream or lunch hook for a small, light anchor used for temporary moorage and often deployed from the stern.
ANCHOR, noun. (nautical) An iron device so shaped as to grip the bottom and hold a vessel at her berth by the chain or rope attached. (FM 55-501).
ANCHOR, noun. (nautical) The combined anchoring gear (anchor, rode, and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass.)
ANCHOR, noun. Any instrument serving a purpose like that of a ship's anchor, such as an arrangement of timber to hold a dam fast; a device to hold the end of a bridge cable etc.; or a device used in metalworking to hold the core of a mould in place.
ANCHOR, noun. (Internet) A marked point in a document that can be the target of a hyperlink.
ANCHOR, noun. (television) An anchorman or anchorwoman.
ANCHOR, noun. (athletics) The final runner in a relay race.
ANCHOR, noun. (archery) A point that is touched by the draw hand or string when the bow is fully drawn and ready to shoot.
ANCHOR, noun. (economics) A superstore or other facility that serves as a focus to bring customers into an area.
ANCHOR, noun. (figurative) That which gives stability or security.
ANCHOR, noun. (architecture) A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
ANCHOR, noun. (architecture) Carved work, somewhat resembling an anchor or arrowhead; part of the ornaments of certain mouldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor (called also egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue) ornament.
ANCHOR, noun. One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges.
ANCHOR, noun. One of the calcareous spinules of certain holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
ANCHOR, verb. To hold an object, especially a ship or a boat to a fixed point.
ANCHOR, verb. To cast anchor; to come to anchor.
ANCHOR, verb. To stop; to fix or rest.
ANCHOR, verb. To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.
ANCHOR, verb. To perform as an anchorman.
ANCHOR BABIES, noun. Plural of anchor baby
ANCHOR BABY, noun. (US) (offensive) A child born to immigrant or noncitizen parents in the United States or another country that grants birthright citizenship, and who, as a citizen, can provide immigration benefits to relatives.
ANCHOR BALL, noun. (nautical) A sphere, usually black, that is either attached to the vessel or to the anchor buoy, used as a signal to state the vessel is anchored
ANCHOR BUOY, noun. (nautical) A small buoy, usually painted a distinctive color, attached to an anchor by a light line and used to indicate the location of the anchor on the bottom.
ANCHOR ICE, noun. Submerged ice anchored to the bottom of a river etc., irrespective of how it formed.
ANCHOR LIGHT, noun. (nautical) The lantern shown at night by a vessel at anchor.
ANCHOR LIGHTS, noun. Plural of anchor light
ANCHOR LINE, noun. A very heavy rope or chain by which a ship's anchor is hoisted.
ANCHOR MAN, noun. Alternative form of anchorman
ANCHOR NUT, noun. A nut designed not to require a wrench for tightening and loosening.
ANCHOR PYLON, noun. (electronics) Endpoints that utilize horizontal insulators and occur at the endpoints of high-power transmission lines. Such endpoints are necessary when interfacing with other modes of power transmission and, due to the inflexibility of the conductors, when significantly altering the direction of the pylon chain.
ANCHOR SHOT, noun. (billiards) A shot made with the object balls in an anchor space.
ANCHOR SHOTS, noun. Plural of anchor shot
ANCHOR SPACE, noun. (billiards) In the balk-line game, any of eight spaces, 7 × 3½ inches, lying along a cushion and bisected transversely by a balk line. Object balls in an anchor space are treated as in balk.
ANCHOR SPACES, noun. Plural of anchor space

Dictionary definition

ANCHOR, noun. A mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving.
ANCHOR, noun. A central cohesive source of support and stability; "faith is his anchor"; "the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money"; "he is the linchpin of this firm".
ANCHOR, noun. A television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute.
ANCHOR, verb. Fix firmly and stably; "anchor the lamppost in concrete".
ANCHOR, verb. Secure a vessel with an anchor; "We anchored at Baltimore".

Wise words

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