- the person on a team, especially a relay team, who competes last.
- the person farthest to the rear on a tug-of-war team.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of anchor
Related Words for anchormainstay, secure, dock, fix, attach, moor, fasten, grip, hold, defense, safeguard, support, comfort, stay, hook, fastener, protection, bower, ballast, security
Examples from the Web for anchor
Contemporary Examples of anchor
Removing choice is bullying and seems a horrid basis on which to anchor your relationship.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
Have a kid here –what some pejoratively refer to as an “anchor baby” – and it is tougher to be deported.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
December 15, 2014
“When immigrants hear ‘anchor babies,’ they hear ‘they hate us,’” says Sharry.Get Ready to Start Hearing About ‘Executive Amnesty for Anchor Babies’
November 19, 2014
In an interview last week, Jeff Daniels, who plays ACN anchor Will McAvoy, talked to me about this.‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing
November 10, 2014
Moderator Alicia Menendez, an anchor on the Fusion network, asked about the influence of her children.Live from San Antonio: Women in the World Texas!
Women in the World
October 23, 2014
Historical Examples of anchor
They saw an American ship riding at anchor a mile or more from shore.Brave and Bold
Next morning, however, we saw her at anchor in the channel that leads to Kingston.
This was laying an anchor to-windward, as it turned out, in the end.
This was a bad beginning, and by the time we reached a tavern, I was ready to anchor.
And then, in a stronger voice, he said: "Anchor, Hardy; anchor."The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
- a metal cramp, bolt, or similar fitting, esp one used to make a connection to masonry
- (as modifier)anchor bolt; anchor plate
Word Origin for anchor
Old English ancor, borrowed 9c. from Latin ancora "anchor," from or cognate with Greek ankyra "anchor, hook" (see ankle). A very early borrowing and said to be the only Latin nautical term used in the Germanic languages. The -ch- form emerged late 16c., a pedantic imitation of a corrupt spelling of the Latin word. The figurative sense of "that which gives stability or security" is from late 14c. Meaning "host or presenter of a TV or radio program" is from 1965, short for anchorman.
c.1200, from anchor (n.). Related: Anchored; anchoring.