• Stockless Anchor
    Stockless Anchor
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v anchor secure a vessel with an anchor "We anchored at Baltimore"
    • v anchor fix firmly and stably "anchor the lamppost in concrete"
    • n anchor a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
    • n anchor a central cohesive source of support and stability "faith is his anchor","the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money","he is the linchpin of this firm"
    • n anchor a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Anchor used on Lusitania, Mauretania, etc Anchor used on Lusitania, Mauretania, etc

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mary Hart, the co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, has each of her legs insured for one million dollars
    • Anchor A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain), and which, being cast overboard, lays hold of the earth by a fluke or hook and thus retains the ship in a particular station.
    • Anchor (Arch) A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
    • Anchor (Television) an achorman anchorwoman, or anchorperson.
    • n Anchor An anchoret.
    • Anchor (Her) An emblem of hope.
    • Anchor Any instrument or contrivance serving a purpose like that of a ship's anchor, as an arrangement of timber to hold a dam fast; a contrivance to hold the end of a bridge cable, or other similar part; a contrivance used by founders to hold the core of a mold in place.
    • Anchor (Arch) Carved work, somewhat resembling an anchor or arrowhead; -- a part of the ornaments of certain moldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor (called also egg-and-dart egg-and-tongue) ornament.
    • Anchor Fig.: That which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety. "Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul."
    • Anchor (Zoöl) One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
    • Anchor To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the captainanchored in the stream.
    • Anchor To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge. "Till that my nails were anchored in thine eyes."
    • Anchor To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship.
    • Anchor To stop; to fix or rest. "My invention . . . anchors on Isabel."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Oprah Winfrey was the first black woman to anchor a newscast in Nashville at WTVF-TV
    • n anchor A device for securing a vessel to the ground under water by means of a cable. Anchors are generally made of iron, and consist of a strong shank a, at one extremity of which is the crown c, from which branch out two arms b b, curved inward, and each terminating in a broad palm or fluke d d, the sharp extremity of which is the peak or bill. At the other end of the shank is the stock e e, a transverse piece, behind which is a shackle or ring, to which a cable may be attached. The principal use of the stock, which in nearly all anchors is now made of iron and is placed at right angles to the curved arms b b, is to cause the arms to fall so that one of the flukes shall enter the ground. According to their various forms and uses, anchors are called star-board-bower, port-bower, sheet, spare, stream, kedge, and grapnel or boat anchors. Those carried by men-of-war are the starboard- and port-bowers, on the starboard and port bows respectively; the sheet, on either side of the ship further aft; and the spare anchor, which is usually in the hold. These are all of equal or nearly equal size and weight. To these are added for various purposes the stream and kedge anchors, which are smaller and of various sizes. Many improvements and novelties in the shape and construction of anchors have been introduced in recent times. The principal names connected with these alterations are those of Lieut. Rodgers, who introduced the hollow-shanked anchor, with the view of increasing the strength without adding to the weight; Mr. Porter, who made the arms and flukes movable by pivoting them to the shank instead of fixing them immovably, causing the anchor to take a readier and firmer hold, and avoiding the danger of fouling the cable; Mr. Trotman, who has further improved Porter's invention; and M. Martin, whose anchor is of very peculiar form, and is constructed so as to be self-canting, the arms revolving through an angle of 30° either way, and the sharp points of the flukes being always ready to enter the ground. Of the many other forms, all (except Tyzack's anchor, which has only one arm, pivoted on a bifurcation of the shank and arranged to swing between the two parts) are more or less closely related to the forms illustrated. The anchor is said to be a-cockbill when it is suspended vertically from the cathead ready to be let go; apeak when the cable is drawn in so tight as to bring it directly under the ship; atrip or aweigh when it is just drawn out of the ground in a perpendicular direction; and awash when the stock is hove up to the surface of the water.
    • n anchor Any similar device for holding fast or checking the motion of a movable object.
    • n anchor Specifically — The apparatus at the opposite end of the field from the engine of a steam-plow, to which pulleys are fixed, round which the endless band or rope that moves the plow passes.
    • n anchor The device by which the extremities of the chains or wire ropes of a suspension-bridge are secured. See anchorage.
    • n anchor Figuratively, that which gives stability or security; that on which dependence is placed.
    • n anchor In architecture: A name for the arrow-head or tongue ornament used especially in the so-called egg-and-dart molding.
    • n anchor A metallic clamp, sometimes of fanciful design, fastened on the outside of a wall to the end of a tie-rod or strap connecting it with an opposite wall to prevent bulging.
    • n anchor In zoology: Some appendage or arrangement of parts by which a parasite fastens itself upon its host.
    • n anchor Something shaped like an anchor; an ancora. See ancora.
    • n anchor An iron plate placed in the back part of a coke-oven before it is charged with coal. See anchor-oven.
    • anchor To fix or secure in a particular place by means of an anchor; place at anchor: as, to anchor a ship.
    • anchor Figuratively, to fix or fasten; affix firmly.
    • anchor To cast anchor; come to anchor; lie or ride at anchor: as, the ship anchored outside the bar.
    • anchor Figuratively, to keep hold or be firmly fixed in any way.
    • n anchor An anchoret; a hermit.
    • n anchor Erroneous spelling of anker.
    • n anchor In the tug of war, the man at the end of the line, who is supposed to hold while the rest endeavor to pull.
    • n anchor Same as chapelet, 4.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The official time ball for the U.S. is on top of the U.S. naval Observatory in Washington, DC As early as 1845, the U.S. Navy dropped a time ball every noon from atop a building on a hill overlooking Washington, DC. People from many miles could set their watches at noon. Ships anchored in the Potomac River could check their chronometers.
    • n Anchor ang′kor an implement for retaining a ship in a particular spot by temporarily chaining it to the bed of a sea or river. The most common form has two flukes, one or other of which enters the ground, and so gives hold; but many modifications are used, some with movable arms, some self-canting
    • Anchor Anchors are distinguished as the starboard and port bowers, sheet, spare, stream, kedge, and grapnel, or boat anchors:
    • v.t Anchor to fix by an anchor: to fasten
    • v.i Anchor to cast anchor: to stop, or rest on
    • ns Anchor (Shak.) an anchorite—earlier still also an anchoress, as in the book-title Ancren Riwle, the 'Rule of Nuns;' Anch′orage, the retreat of a hermit
    • Anchor (fig.) anything that gives stability or security
    • ***


  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.”
  • Epictetus
    “Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.”
  • David Ben-Gurion
    David Ben-Gurion
    “Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence.”
  • Epictetus
    “A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put on the troubled seas of thought.”
  • John Welch
    John Welch
    “The people who get into trouble in our company are those who carry around the anchor of the past.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. 'a`gkyra, akin to E. angle,: cf. F. ancre,. See Angle (n.)


In literature:

Felipe was instructed to have steam on at daylight, and the anchor watch was to call him in season to do so.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
All the vessels then weighed anchor, and sailed or steamed through Vaygats Sound or Yugor Schar into the Kara Sea.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The river pilot was soon on board, the sails were loosened, the anchor hove up, and the "Druid," with a fair wind, glided down the stream.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
With a boat of this size you can run into any creek or river, anchor, and eat and sleep till it is fair weather again.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
I went to my breakfast, which had been waiting an hour for me on the galley, for I never left the deck till the anchor was overboard.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
In a short time she came to anchor off Mike's Point.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
On this the captain ordered an anchor to be let go, which happily brought her up.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
Two days afterwards the corvette came to an anchor off the chief settlement of the Portuguese on that coast.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
Their anchor and cable, found on the sands and let go to full scope, favours this idea.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
The Ebro was anchored out in the bay.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell

In poetry:

Memory's sunken anchor,
Yearns my heart
Rusts and rusts to hanker,
Grieves to part.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
Now thou'rt safely anchored
In the port above,
Gladly do we offer thee
Symbols of our love.
"Mr. Edward Fordham" by Mary Weston Fordham
The war-horns are played,
The anchors are weighed,
Like moths in the distance
The sails flit and fade.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Oh, never will he anchor
Again in English ground;
A-sailing by the Lowlands
Your sailorman is drowned."
"The Lowland Sea" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Then art thou glad to seek repose?
Art glad to leave the sea,
And anchor all thy weary woes
In calm Eternity?
"Self-Interogation" by Emily Jane Bronte
To waken doubt in one
Holding so fast by Thine infinity;
So surely anchor'd on
The steadfast rock of immortality.
"Last Lines" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

Mary McAnelly Anchor Point has a new day-care facility, Debbie's Daycare on the North Fork Road.
The anchor is respected anchor Hudson Mack.
Daydream Nation Directed by Michael Goldbach Anchor Bay Films Opens May 6, Village East.
Daydream Nation Directed by Michael Goldbach Anchor Bay Films Opens May 6, Village East.
Niki Weirich anchors FOX21 News at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Steve Squyers maneuvers to an anchor point on 'asteroid' rock wall during one of the extravehicular activities.
We set our anchor out in 15 (low tide) ans 25 (high tide) foot out by the main channel right before it drops off to 45 to 50 feet deep.
Colin Farrell's demented screenwriter anchors Seven Psycopaths.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper broke from his usual professional demeanor to have a good laugh about Gerard Depardieu 's unfortunate airplane peeing incident.
A fire continued to smolder Sunday morning aboard a derelict 128-foot fishing boat anchored in Penn Cove off Whidbey Island.
Anchored by cruise director John Heald's blog, links to other company blogs.
It seems like a production assistant may have pulled a prank on the anchor.
BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: This weekend will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer , the German theologian put to death by the Nazis, whose writings and life made him a modern martyr.
Anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, much-honored newsman Rather has been a working reporter for 64 years.
The mother of WCCO-TV's sports anchor Mark Rosen is dealing with new health problems.

In science:

R2 ∼ L, where R is the end to end distance and L is the length of the chain, whereas for a chain anchored at one end R2 ∼ L4 .
Solvable model of a polymer in random media with long ranged disorder correlations
The anchor map ρ : A → T M induces a bundle map from ˜A into T M ⊆ T (M × R) ∼= T M ⊕ T R which we also denote by ρ. A direct computation shows that the triple ( ˜A, [[ , ]], ρ) is a Lie algebroid over M × R.
Generalized Lie bialgebroids and Jacobi structures
Since this is true for any edge anchored in v that is valid in hT , we conclude that v is a local minimum of hT .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
These “optical anchor” systems were proposed in the NLC ZDR and are being developed at the University of British Columbia . Inertial Based Systems.
Active Vibration Suppression R&D for the NLC
M ), ρ∗ : Ω1(M ) → Γ(A∗ ) being the adjoint operator of the anchor map ρ : Γ(A) → X(M ).
Jacobi groupoids and generalized Lie bialgebroids