Definitions of anchor

  1. To cast anchor; to stop or rest on. To cast anchor, to drop it. To weigh anchor, to raise it.
  2. To secure by an anchor; come to anchor; lie at anchor; fix; fasten.
  3. To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship.
  4. To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge.
  5. To secure a vessel by a heavy iron implement lowered into the water; grapple; hold fast.
  6. To fix by an anchor: to fasten.
  7. To fix by an anchor.
  8. To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship ( or the captain) anchored in the stream.
  9. To cast anchor: to stop, or rest on.
  10. To cast an anchor.
  11. To fix by an anchor or firmly.
  12. To stop at; to fix or rest on.
  13. a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Fig.: That which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety.
  17. An emblem of hope.
  18. A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
  19. One of the anchor- shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
  20. An anchoret.
  21. 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.
  22. A heavy iron implement for securing a vessel to the ground under water; that on which dependence is placed for security or stablility; a metallic clamp securing a tie- rod connecting opposite walls to prevent bulging.
  23. A hooked iron instrument that holds a ship by sticking into the ground: ( fig.) anything that gives stability or security.
  24. An iron instrument to hold a ship when afloat.
  25. A heavy iron implement dropped from a ship, and so constructed as to grapple the sea- bottom and hold her fast in the water; any firm security.
  26. An iron grappling instrument which, when dropped on the sea- bottom by means of a cable or chain, keeps a ship from drifting; any firm support.
  27. The anchor shaped spicule found in the skin of Holothurians.