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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. A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
  3. An anchoret.
  4. An emblem of hope.
  5. 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.
  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. Fig.: That which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety.
  8. One of the anchor- shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
  9. To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship ( or the captain) anchored in the stream.
  10. To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge.
  11. To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship.
  12. To stop; to fix or rest.


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