- The definition of an anchor is a weight dropped into the water to stop the movement of a boat or other floating object.
A heavy weight connected to a ship by a chain is an example of a type of anchor.
- Anchor is defined as to fix or fasten.
An example of anchor is to secure a boat to the dock with rope.
An old anchor.
anchor definition by Webster's New World
- a heavy object, usually a shaped iron weight with flukes, lowered by cable or chain to the bottom of a body of water to keep a vessel from drifting
- any device that holds something else secure
- anything that gives or seems to give stability or security
- a person who anchors a team, newscast, etc.
Origin: Middle English anker ; from Old English ancor ; from Classical Latin anc(h)ora ; from Classical Greek ankyra, an anchor, hook ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ank-, to bend from source ankle
- to keep from drifting, giving way, etc., by or as by an anchor
- to serve as the end person for (a tug-of-war team)
- to serve as the final contestant for (a relay team, bowling team, etc.)
- Radio, TV to serve as coordinator of the various reports and as chief reporter for (a newscast)
- to lower the anchor overboard so as to keep from drifting
- to be or become fixed
anchor definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Nautical A heavy object attached to a vessel by a cable or rope and cast overboard to keep the vessel in place either by its weight or by its flukes, which grip the bottom.
- A rigid point of support, as for securing a rope.
- A source of security or stability.
- Sports a. An athlete, usually the strongest member of a team, who performs the last stage of a relay race or other competition.b. The person at the end of a tug-of-war team.
- An anchorperson.
- To hold fast by or as if by an anchor. See Synonyms at fasten.
- Sports To serve as an anchor for (a team or competition).
- To narrate or coordinate (a newscast).
- To provide or form an anchor store for: Two major stores anchor each end of the shopping mall.
Origin: Middle English anker, ancher, from Old English ancor, from Latin ancora, anchora, from Greek ankura.
top to bottom: Danforth, admiralty, and stockless anchors
anchor - Computer Definition
(1) See anchor tag.
(2) In desktop publishing, a format code that keeps a graphic near or next to a text paragraph. If text is added, causing the paragraph to move to a subsequent page, the graphic image is moved along with the anchor.
(3) In a GUI builder (development environment for creating a user interface), a format code that keeps a button, message or other interface control aligned to some part of the window. When the window is expanded, the corners of the control that are not anchored move with the window borders, but not the anchored corner. See user interface control.
anchor - Investment & Finance Definition
A term used by Federal Reserve Governor Edward M. Gramlich in January 2003 to say that U.S. monetary policy needed an anchor, or a long-term strategy. He said that a clear strategy would help the Federal Reserve react to economic problems such as a surge in unemployment without riling financial markets.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
anchor - Phrases/Idioms
drop anchoror cast anchor
- to lower the anchor overboard
- to stay or settle (in a place)
- to drift because of the failure of the anchor to hold
- to lose ground; slip or fail
ride at anchor
- to hoist a ship's anchor off the bottom preparatory to sailing
- to leave; go away