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An anchor (nautical).

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From Middle English, from Old English ancor, ancra, from [[ancora#|ancora]], from (or cognate with) Ancient Greek {{ Template:Grc/script |ἄγκυρα|face=term|lang=grc}}, from Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*ang-||corner, hirn}}. The modern spelling is a sixteenth-century modification to better represent the Latin misspelling anchora. Related to Dutch [[anker#|anker]] (anchor). 15px The verb comes from Middle English anker, probably from Template:Dum verb of {{ Template:Dum/script |[[anker#Template:Dum|anker]]|face=term|lang=dum}}, from Template:Fro {{ Template:Fro/script |[[ancrer#Template:Fro|ancrer]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, from [[ancora#|ancora]].



Anchor (plural [[Anchors#|Anchors]])
  1. Template:Label A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.
    1. 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.
    2. Template:Label 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).
  2. Template:Label The combined anchoring gear (anchor, rode, and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass.)
  3. 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.
  4. Template:Label A marked point in a document that can be the target of a hyperlink.
  5. Template:Label An anchorman or anchorwoman.
  6. Template:Label The final runner in a relay race.
  7. Template:Label A point that is touched by the draw hand or string when the bow is fully drawn and ready to shoot.
  8. Template:Label A superstore or other facility that serves as a focus to bring customers into an area.
    • 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 .{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}}
  9. Template:Label That which gives stability or security.
    • Bible, Hebrews vi. 19
      which hope we have as an anchor of the soul
  10. Template:Label A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
  11. Template:Label 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.
  12. One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges.
  13. One of the calcareous spinules of certain holothurians, as in species of Synapta.

Derived terms



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Anchor (third-person singular simple present [[Anchors#|Anchors]], present participle [[Anchoring#|Anchoring]], simple past and past participle [[Anchored#|Anchored]])
  1. To hold an object, especially a ship or a boat to a fixed point.
  2. To cast anchor; to come to anchor.
    Our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream.
  3. To stop; to fix or rest.
    • Shakespeare
      My invention .{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}} anchors on Isabel.
  4. To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.
  5. To perform as an anchorman.





Compare {{ast|anchu}}.



  1. width


Related terms



From Template:Prefix (compare {{ga|droch-chor||bad turn; unfortunate happening, ill plight}}).



  1. ill-treatment




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