ice anchor

  1. a large, hooklike device for setting in ice to anchor a vessel or to provide a hold for a hawser in warping it along.

Origin of ice anchor

First recorded in 1765–75
  • Also called ice drag.

Words Nearby ice anchor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ice anchor in a sentence

  • Allen had lowered the sail of the Spider and had tossed out a sharp-pronged ice anchor.

  • It condescendingly offered to do tugboat service for the "Advance," and invited its captain to throw aboard an ice-anchor.

    North-Pole Voyages | Zachariah Atwell Mudge
  • It came sailing swiftly by, and into it they planted an ice-anchor attached to a tow line.

    North-Pole Voyages | Zachariah Atwell Mudge
  • Shortly before noon further progress was barred by heavy pack, and we put an ice-anchor on the floe and banked the fires.

    South! | Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Then began a heart-breaking task of warping through the pack with ice-anchor, cable and winch.