- 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.
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Examples from the Web for ice anchor
The cable and the ice-anchor, the latter a heavy piece of iron, shaped like the letter S, excited much interest.Travels in North America, From Modern Writers
Then began a heart-breaking task of warping through the pack with ice-anchor, cable and winch.Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
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
It condescendingly offered to do tugboat service for the "Advance," and invited its captain to throw aboard an ice-anchor.
It came sailing swiftly by, and into it they planted an ice-anchor attached to a tow line.