anchor

1 noun (C)
1 a piece of heavy metal that is lowered to the bottom of the sea, lake etc to prevent a ship or boat moving: weigh anchor (=lift the anchor so that a ship can start moving) | drop/cast anchor: We dropped anchor a few yards offshore.
2 someone or something that provides a feeling of support and safety
3 AmE someone who reads the news on TV and introduces news reports; newsreader BrE
2 verb
1 BOAT (I, T) to lower the anchor on a ship or boat to hold it in one place: Three tankers were anchored in the harbor.
2 FASTEN (transitive usually passive) to fasten something firmly so that it cannot move: The panel was firmly anchored by two large bolts.
3 be anchored in to be strongly connected with a particular system, way of life etc: laws anchored in patriarchal society
4 SUPPORT (T) to provide a feeling of support or safety for someone: Her life was anchored by her religion.
5 TV NEWS (T) AmE to be the person who reads the news and introduces reports on TV: Connie Chung anchors the 6 o'clock news.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • anchor — [aŋ′kər] n. [ME anker < OE ancor < L anc(h)ora < Gr ankyra, an anchor, hook < IE base * ank , to bend > ANKLE] 1. a heavy object, usually a shaped iron weight with flukes, lowered by cable or chain to the bottom of a body of water… …   English World dictionary

  • Anchor — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Anchor — An chor, v. i. 1. To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream. [1913 Webster] 2. To stop; to fix or rest. [1913 Webster] My invention . . . anchors on Isabel. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Anchor, IL — U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 175 Housing Units (2000): 68 Land area (2000): 0.193467 sq. miles (0.501076 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.193467 sq. miles (0.501076 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • anchor — (ant. y pop. en algunos sitios) m. Anchura. * * * anchor. m. p. us. anchura (ǁ la menor de las dimensiones de las figuras planas) …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • anchor — ► NOUN ▪ a heavy object used to moor a ship to the sea bottom, typically having a metal shank with a pair of curved, barbed flukes. ► VERB 1) moor with an anchor. 2) secure firmly in position. ORIGIN Greek ankura …   English terms dictionary

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