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Meaning of ANCHOR

Pronunciation:  'angkur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
  2. [n]  a central cohesive source of support and stability; "faith is his anchor"; "he is the linchpin of this firm"
  3. [n]  a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute
  4. [v]  secure a vessel with an anchor; "We anchored at Baltimore"
  5. [v]  fix firmly and stably; "anchor the lamppost in concrete"

ANCHOR is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: anchorman, anchorperson, backbone, cast anchor, drop anchor, ground, ground tackle, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay
 See Also: claw, fasten, fix, flue, fluke, grapnel, grapnel anchor, hook, mooring anchor, mushroom anchor, secure, shank, sheet anchor, stem, support, television newscaster, television reporter, TV newsman, TV reporter, vessel, waist anchor, watercraft



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \An"chor\ ([a^][ng]"k[~e]r), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor,
    oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. 'a`gkyra,
    akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See {Angle}, n.]
    1. A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable
       (rope or chain), and which, being cast overboard, lays
       hold of the earth by a fluke or hook and thus retains the
       ship in a particular station.
    Note: The common anchor consists of a straight bar called a
          shank, having at one end a transverse bar called a
          stock, above which is a ring for the cable, and at the
          other end the crown, from which branch out two or more
          arms with flukes, forming with the shank a suitable
          angle to enter the ground.
    Note: Formerly the largest and strongest anchor was the sheet
          anchor (hence, Fig., best hope or last refuge), called
          also {waist anchor}. Now the bower and the sheet anchor
          are usually alike. Then came the best bower and the
          small bower (so called from being carried on the bows).
          The stream anchor is one fourth the weight of the bower
          anchor. Kedges or kedge anchors are light anchors used
          in warping.
    2. Any instrument or contrivance serving a purpose like that
       of a ship's anchor, as an arrangement of timber to hold a
       dam fast; a contrivance to hold the end of a bridge cable,
       or other similar part; a contrivance used by founders to
       hold the core of a mold in place.
    3. Fig.: That which gives stability or security; that on
       which we place dependence for safety.
             Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul. --Heb.
                                                   vi. 19.
    4. (Her.) An emblem of hope.
    5. (Arch.)
       (a) A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building
       (b) Carved work, somewhat resembling an anchor or
           arrowhead; -- a part of the ornaments of certain
           moldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor
           (called also {egg-and-dart}, {egg-and-tongue})
    6. (Zo["o]l.) One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain
       sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain
       Holothurians, as in species of {Synapta}.
    {Anchor ice}. See under {Ice}.
    {Anchor ring}. (Math.) Same as {Annulus}, 2 (b).
    {Anchor stock} (Naut.), the crossbar at the top of the shank
       at right angles to the arms.
    {The anchor comes home}, when it drags over the bottom as the
       ship drifts.
    {Foul anchor}, the anchor when it hooks, or is entangled
       with, another anchor, or with a cable or wreck, or when
       the slack cable entangled.
    {The anchor is acockbill}, when it is suspended
       perpendicularly from the cathead, ready to be let go.
    {The anchor is apeak}, when the cable is drawn in do tight as
       to bring to ship directly over it.
    {The anchor is atrip}, or {aweigh}, when it is lifted out of
       the ground.
    {The anchor is awash}, when it is hove up to the surface of
       the water.
    {At anchor}, anchored.
    {To back an anchor}, to increase the holding power by laying
       down a small anchor ahead of that by which the ship rides,
       with the cable fastened to the crown of the latter to
       prevent its coming home.
    {To cast anchor}, to drop or let go an anchor to keep a ship
       at rest.
    {To cat the anchor}, to hoist the anchor to the cathead and
       pass the ring-stopper.
    {To fish the anchor}, to hoist the flukes to their resting
       place (called the bill-boards), and pass the shank
    {To weigh anchor}, to heave or raise the anchor so as to sail
  2. \An"chor\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Anchored}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Anchoring}.] [Cf. F. ancrer.]
    1. To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor
       a ship.
    2. To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to
       anchor the cables of a suspension bridge.
             Till that my nails were anchored in thine eyes.
  3. \An"chor\, v. i.
    1. To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the
       captain) anchored in the stream.
    2. To stop; to fix or rest.
             My invention . . . anchors on Isabel. --Shak.
  4. \An"chor\, n. [OE. anker, ancre, AS. ancra, fr. L.
    anachoreta. See {Anchoret}.]
    An anchoret. [Obs.] --Shak.
Computing Dictionary

(Or "span", "region", "button", "extent") An area within the content of a hypertext node (e.g. a web page) which is the source or destination of a link. A source anchor may be a word, phrase, image, or possibly the whole node. A destination anchor may be a whole node or some position within the node.

Typically, clicking with the mouse on a source anchor causes the link to be followed and the anchor at the opposite end of the link to be displayed. Anchors are highlighted in some way (either always, or when the mouse is over them), or they may be marked by a special symbol.

In html anchors are created with the ..construct. The opening A tag of a source anchor has an HREF (hypertext reference) attribute giving the destination in the form of a url - usually a whole node or "page". E.g.

      <A HREF="http://www.foldoc.org/">
      Free On-line Dictionary of Computing</A>

Destination anchors are only used in HTML to name a position within a page using a NAME attribute. E.g.

<A NAME="chapter3">

The name or "fragment identifier" is appended to the URL of the page with a "#":


(Though it is generally better to break pages into smaller units than to have large pages with named sections).

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing an anchor in your dream, can have a positive meaning, if it is coupled with a good feeling. It indicates that you reached stability in your life and that you are proud of your strong convictions. When you see an anchor in your dream and you feel bad about it, it means that some obstacles are hindering your progress, and you might find yourself stuck in a bad situation or relationship.
Easton Bible Dictionary

From Acts 27:29, 30, 40, it would appear that the Roman vessels carried several anchors, which were attached to the stern as well as to the prow. The Roman anchor, like the modern one, had two teeth or flukes. In Heb. 6:19 the word is used metaphorically for that which supports or keeps one steadfast in the time of trial or of doubt. It is an emblem of hope.

"If you fear,

Put all your trust in God: that anchor holds."

Thesaurus Terms
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