anchor

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

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nv
a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
secure a vessel with an anchor
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n
a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: anchor
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n a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

Synonyms:
ground tackle
Types:
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grapnel, grapnel anchor
a light anchor for small boats
mooring anchor
an anchor used to hold a mooring buoy or a channel marker in place
mushroom anchor
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
Type of:
claw, hook
a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something

n a central cohesive source of support and stability

“faith is his anchor
Synonyms:
backbone, keystone, linchpin, lynchpin, mainstay
Type of:
support
something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest

v secure a vessel with an anchor

“We anchored at Baltimore”
Synonyms:
cast anchor, drop anchor
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v fix firmly and stably

anchor the lamppost in concrete”
Synonyms:
ground
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached
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n a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute

Synonyms:
anchorman, anchorperson
Type of:
TV newsman, TV reporter, television newscaster, television reporter
someone who reports news stories via television
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