On a boat, an anchor is a heavy object attached to a rope. You toss it overboard, it sinks to the bottom, and your vessel doesn't move. Anchor has the sense of what holds something in place.
When you anchor a bookshelf to the wall, you affix it to the wall so it won't come down. The anchor of a relay race is the last person to run. It's their job to hold the team's lead. And on televised news, the anchor is the person who is front and center delivering the current events, the one who draws viewers to the news on that particular station.
Primary Meanings of anchor
a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
secure a vessel with an anchor
a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute
n a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
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grapnel, grapnel anchor
a light anchor for small boats
an anchor used to hold a mooring buoy or a channel marker in place
an anchor used for semipermanent moorings; has a bowl-shaped head that will dig in however it falls
sheet anchor, waist anchor
spare anchor for use in emergency