Definition of anchor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈæŋkə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæŋkər//
    People in radio, Parts of boats and ships, TV people, Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a heavy metal object that is attached to a rope or chain and dropped over the side of a ship or boat to keep it in one place to drop anchor The ship lay at anchor two miles off the rocky coast. We weighed anchor (= pulled it out of the water). See related entries: Parts of boats and ships, Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2[countable] a person or thing that gives somebody a feeling of safety the anchor of the family
  3. 3[countable] (especially North American English) = anchorman, anchorwoman See related entries: People in radio, TV people
  4. Word OriginOld English ancor, ancra, via Latin from Greek ankura; reinforced in Middle English by Old French ancre. The current form is from anchora, an erroneous Latin spelling. The verb (from Old French ancrer) dates from Middle English.Extra examples The ship lay at anchor in the bay. We dropped anchor off a small island. We raised the anchor and set sail. We weighed anchor next morning and sailed south. ABC news anchor Peter Jennings
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