Meaning of anchor

an•chor

Pronunciation: (ang'kur), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for preventing or restricting the motion of a vessel or other floating object, typically having broad, hooklike arms that bury themselves in the bottom to provide a firm hold.
  2. any similar device for holding fast or checking motion: an anchor of stones.
  3. any device for securing a suspension or cantilever bridge at either end.
  4. any of various devices, as a metal tie, for binding one part of a structure to another.
  5. a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay: Hope was his only anchor.
  6. a person who is the main broadcaster on a program of news, sports, etc., and who usually also serves as coordinator of all participating broadcasters during the program; anchorman or anchorwoman; anchorperson.
  7. a program that attracts many viewers who are likely to stay tuned to the network for the programs that follow.
  8. automotive brakes.
  9. a key position in defense lines.
    1. the person on a team, esp. a relay team, who competes last.
    2. the person farthest to the rear on a tug-of-war team.
  10. held in place by an anchor: The luxury liner is at anchor in the harbor.
  11. (of a vessel) to move with a current or wind because an anchor has failed to hold.
  12. to anchor a vessel: They dropped anchor in a bay to escape the storm.
  13. to raise the anchor: We will weigh anchor at dawn.
—v.t.
  1. to hold fast by an anchor.
  2. to fix or fasten; affix firmly: The button was anchored to the cloth with heavy thread.
  3. to act or serve as an anchor for: He anchored the evening news.
—v.i.
  1. to drop anchor; lie or ride at anchor: The ship anchored at dawn.
  2. to keep hold or be firmly fixed: The insect anchored fast to its prey.
  3. to act or serve as an anchor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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