anchor (plural anchors)
- (nautical) A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.
- (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).
- (nautical) The combined anchoring gear (anchor, rode, bill/peak and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass.)
- (heraldiccharge) Representation of the nautical tool, used as a heraldic charge.
- 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.
- (Internet) A marked point in a document that can be the target of a hyperlink.
- (television) An anchorman or anchorwoman.
- (athletics) The final runner in a relay race.
- (archery) A point that is touched by the draw hand or string when the bow is fully drawn and ready to shoot.
- (economics) A superstore or other facility that serves as a focus to bring customers into an area.
- Synonyms: anchor tenant
- 2006, Planning: For the Natural and Built Environment (issues 1650-1666, page 15)
- Supermarkets have also had to adjust. Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda have put a much greater emphasis on developing smaller high street stores or becoming anchors for mixed-used regeneration schemes […]
- 2007, A. Sivakumar, Retail Marketing (page 102)
- However, mall developers offer huge discounts to department stores because these anchors create traffic […]
- (figurative) That which gives stability or security.
- (architecture) A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
- (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.
- One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges.
- One of the calcareous spinules of certain holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
- (cartomancy) The thirty-fifth Lenormand card.
- (obsolete) An anchorite or anchoress.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
- Nor earth to me give food, nor heaven light, / Sport and repose lock from me day and night, / To desperation turn my trust and hope, / An anchor's cheer in prison be my scope.
- French: ancre
- German: Anker
- Italian: ancora, àncora
- Portuguese: âncora
- Russian: я́корь
- Spanish: ancla, áncora
- German: Verankerung, Magnet (figurative)
- Italian: ancora
- German: TV-Moderator, TV-Moderatorin, Moderator, Moderatorin, TV-Chefsprecher, TV-Chefsprecherin, Chefsprecher, Chefsprecherin, Anchorman, Anchorwoman
- Portuguese: âncora
- Russian: веду́щий
anchor (anchors, present participle anchoring; past and past participle anchored)
- To connect an object, especially a ship or a boat, to a fixed point.
- To cast anchor; to come to anchor.
- Our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream.
- To stop; to fix or rest.
- c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
- My invention […] anchors on Isabel.
- To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.
- To perform as an anchorman or anchorwoman.
- To be stuck; to be unable to move away from a position.
- (to hold an object to a fixed point) affix, fix
- (to cast anchor) drop anchor
- (to stop) cease, hold; See also Thesaurus:stop
- (to provide emotional stability) support
- (to perform as a TV anchorman) host, present
- (to be stuck) bog down, embog, enmire
- Portuguese: apresentar
- A male given name.