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Definition of Anchor


  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.
  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.
  4. An emblem of hope.
  5. A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
  6. 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) ornament.
  7. One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
  8. To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship.
  9. To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge.
  10. To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream.
  11. To stop; to fix or rest.
  12. An anchoret.

Anchor Quotations

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope. - Epictetus
We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.

Hope is the anchor of our souls. I know of no one who is not in need of hope - young or old, strong or weak, rich or poor.
James E. Faust

My mom taught me the power of love. I learned to focus on the long-term big picture from my father. His sense of humor and light-hearted approach always make me smile. My husband is a pivotal anchor in my life. His influence encourages me to be independent and take risks.
Padmasree Warrior

You gotta know that you're better than anybody, 'cause to me, if you don't go in like that, you're gonna lose! They're gonna punk you out! On any stage, court, business venture, on the anchor desk - whatever. You've got to go in believing, 'I can do this better than anybody.'
Stuart Scott
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Anchor Translations

anchor in Danish is anker
anchor in Dutch is anker
anchor in Finnish is ankkuri
anchor in French is ancre, ancrons, ancrent, portant, ancrez
anchor in German is Anker {m}
anchor in Spanish is ancla
anchor in Swedish is ankra, ankare
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