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ANCHOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does anchor mean? 

ANCHOR (noun)
  The noun ANCHOR has 3 senses:

1. a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
2. a central cohesive source of support and stability
3. a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute

  Familiarity information: ANCHOR used as a noun is uncommon.


ANCHOR (verb)
  The verb ANCHOR has 2 senses:

1. fix firmly and stably
2. secure a vessel with an anchor

  Familiarity information: ANCHOR used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANCHOR (noun)


Sense 1anchor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

anchor; ground tackle

Hypernyms ("anchor" is a kind of...):

claw; hook (a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something)

Meronyms (parts of "anchor"):

flue; fluke (flat bladelike projection on the arm of an anchor)

shank; stem (cylinder forming a long narrow part of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "anchor"):

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)

Holonyms ("anchor" is a part of...):

vessel; watercraft (a craft designed for water transportation)


Sense 2anchor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A central cohesive source of support and stability

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

lynchpin; linchpin; keystone; backbone; anchor; mainstay

Context examples:

faith is his anchor / the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money / he is the linchpin of this firm

Hypernyms ("anchor" is a kind of...):

support (something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest)


Sense 3anchor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

anchorperson; anchorman; anchor

Hypernyms ("anchor" is a kind of...):

television newscaster; television reporter; TV newsman; TV reporter (someone who reports news stories via television)


ANCHOR (verb)


Sense 1anchor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fix firmly and stably

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

anchor; ground

Context example:

anchor the lamppost in concrete

Hypernyms (to "anchor" is one way to...):

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2anchor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Secure a vessel with an anchor

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

cast anchor; drop anchor; anchor

Context example:

We anchored at Baltimore

Hypernyms (to "anchor" is one way to...):

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


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