- 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
Examples from the Web for anchors
Contemporary Examples of anchors
And beware the perky morning anchors with their inane questions (Aretha Franklin).Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
October 21, 2014
Costumes worn by each reinvented persona act—in all their extravagant glory—serve as the anchors for the exhibit.The Making—and Remaking—of David Bowie
September 23, 2014
ABC News today announced new roles for anchors Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and David Muir.George Stephanopoulos Wins ABC’s Chief Anchor Crown—Where Does His Promotion Leave David Muir?
June 25, 2014
According to Newseum Curator Carrie Christoffersen, the brush signifies the “vanity required by anchors in the 1970s.”Anchorman 2’s PR Blitz: Dodge Durangos, Daft Punk, Rob Ford’s Campaign Song, and Whiskey
November 22, 2013
She was on CNBC and three different of their anchors tried to win an argument with her, and she is just too smart.Scandal’s Lisa Kudrow on Sexism in Politics (and That Epic Rant)
November 14, 2013
Historical Examples of anchors
Stand fast with the anchors in the waist, and be ready for a cast.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
When we got back to the schooner, we found her lifting her anchors.
We had three anchors ahead, if not four, the ship labouring a good deal.
The cable, which had been broken by the anchors of coral fishers, was grapnelled with difficulty.Heroes of the Telegraph
I'll fetch the anchors and we'll moor her wherever she happens to be.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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.