anchor[ ang-ker ]SEE DEFINITION OF anchor
Synonyms for anchor
- grappling iron
- mud hook
Antonyms for anchor
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ANCHOR
They saw an American ship riding at anchor a mile or more from shore.
Next morning, however, we saw her at anchor in the channel that leads to Kingston.
This was laying an anchor to-windward, as it turned out, in the end.
This was a bad beginning, and by the time we reached a tavern, I was ready to anchor.
And then, in a stronger voice, he said: "Anchor, Hardy; anchor."
Beyond, on the waters of the Cove, the Southern Cross rode at anchor.
It will, perhaps, be thought extraordinary that ships cannot anchor in this place.
The next instant, Mr. Leach reported the anchor catted and fished.
Heave the hussy up to her anchor, Mr. Leach, when we will cast an eye to her moorings.
I will haul up for the highlands, and anchor under them, should it be necessary.
Old English ancor, borrowed 9c. from Latin ancora "anchor," from or cognate with Greek ankyra "anchor, hook" (see ankle). A very early borrowing and said to be the only Latin nautical term used in the Germanic languages. The -ch- form emerged late 16c., a pedantic imitation of a corrupt spelling of the Latin word. The figurative sense of "that which gives stability or security" is from late 14c. Meaning "host or presenter of a TV or radio program" is from 1965, short for anchorman.