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anchoring

verb

  1. (ground)  to fix firmly and stably
    Synonyms: ground. Type of: fasten
  2. (drop anchor)  to secure a vessel with an anchor
    Synonyms: cast anchor, drop anchor. Type of: fasten

Etymology summary

[noun] Old English ancor, borrowed 9th century from Latin ... | [verb] from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Anchoring | focalism

a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information offered when making decisions. During decision making, anchoring occurs when individuals use an initial piece of information to make... (38 of 3003 words, 1 image)

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Anchor

a device normally made of metal, that is used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current. The word derives from Latin ancora, which itself comes from the Greek ἄγκυρα. Anchors can... (47 of 5433 words, 15 images)

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Anchor (disambiguation)

a device that attaches to the sea bottom to prevent a boat from drifting. Anchor may also refer to: Sea anchor, a device to slow the drift of a vessel without use of the sea bottom | Earth anchor, a device that is designed to support structures, used... (47 of 413 words, 36 definitions)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

anchor | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle] | anchors [3rd-person singular present]

[nautical] A heavy object attached to a vessel by a cable or rope and cast ... | A rigid point of support, as for securing a rope. | A source of ... (29 of 180 words, 11 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anchor

Merriam-Webster:

anchor [entry 1, often attributive, noun] | at anchor | mainstay [synonym, sense-specific] | anchorperson [synonym, sense-specific] | newscaster [synonym, sense-specific] | newsreader [British, synonym, sense-specific] | anchorman [similar, sense-specific] | anchorwoman [similar, sense-specific] | coanchor [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a device usually of metal attached to a ship or boat by a cable and cast ... | a reliable or principal support; "mainstay" | something that serves to ... (27 of 246 words, 9 definitions, pronunciations, 1 image)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/anchor

anchor [entry 2, verb] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle] | fix [synonym, sense-specific] | fasten [synonym, sense-specific] | catch [synonym, sense-specific] | clamp [synonym, sense-specific] | hitch [synonym, sense-specific] | moor [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to hold in place in the water by an anchor | to secure firmly; "fix" | to act or serve as an anchor for | to cast anchor | to become fixed (28 of 155 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/anchor show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

anchor [verb] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle] | anchors [3rd-person singular present] | be anchored in something

[intransitive/transitive] to prevent a boat from moving by dropping its anchor into the water | [transitive] to present a television or radio ... (21 of 103 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/anchor 14

anchor [countable] | anchors [plural]

a heavy object that is dropped into the water to prevent a boat from moving | someone who presents a television or radio programme, especially the ... (25 of 144 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/anchor

Wiktionary:

anchoring

[psychology] The tendency of people to place subsequently refined answers to a given question close to the initially estimated ... | Present participle of anchor. (24 of 49 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anchoring

anchor | anchors [plural] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle] | anchour [archaic, sense-specific]

[nautical] A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement. Formerly a vessel would ... | [nautical] An iron device so shaped as to grip the bottom and hold a vessel at her berth by the chain or rope attached. (FM... (49 of 234 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anchor

Britannica Encyclopedia:

anchor [nautical device]

device, usually of metal, attached to a ship or boat by a cable or chain and lowered to the seabed to hold the vessel in a particular place by means ... (30 of 550 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/23237​/anchor

New World Dictionary:

anchor

a heavy object, usually a shaped iron weight with flukes, lowered by cable or chain to the bottom of a body of water to keep a vessel from drifting | ... (29 of 159 words, 11 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anchor

Collins Dictionary:

anchor | at anchor [sense-specific] | cast anchor [sense-specific] | drag anchor [sense-specific] | ride at anchor [sense-specific] | weigh anchor [sense-specific] | anchorman, anchorwoman [sense-specific]

any of several devices, usually of steel, attached to a vessel by a cable ... | an object used to hold something else firmly in place | a source of ... (28 of 702 words, 15 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anchor

Random House Dictionary:

anchor | at anchor [sense-specific] | drag anchor [sense-specific] | drop anchor [sense-specific] | weigh anchor [sense-specific] | anchorman [sense-specific]

any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of ... | any similar device for holding fast or checking motion. | any device ... (27 of 361 words, 20 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/anchor

Oxford Dictionary:

anchor | anchor tenant | anchor store | raise | anchors | at anchor | drop anchor | weigh anchor

a heavy object attached to a cable or chain and used to moor a ship to the ... | ("anchors") [British, informal] : the brakes of a car | a person or ... (30 of 341 words, 12 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/anchor

Columbia Encyclopedia:

anchor

device cast overboard to secure a ship, boat, or other floating object by means of weight, friction, or hooks called flukes. In ancient times an ... (25 of 258 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0803899​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

anchor [entry 1]

a heavy metal object, usually shaped like a cross with curved arms, on a strong rope or chain, which is dropped from a boat into the water to prevent ... (29 of 67 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anchor 1

anchor [entry 2]

someone or something that gives support when needed (8 of 39 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anchor 2

anchor [entry 3, United States]

an anchorman or anchorwoman (4 of 15 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anchor 3

anchor [entry 4]

to lower an anchor into the water in order to stop a boat from moving away | to make something or someone stay in one position by fastening them ... (28 of 50 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anchor 4

anchor [entry 5, United States]

to act as the anchorman or anchorwoman of a programme (10 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anchor 5

Encarta Dictionary:

anchor | anchors [plural] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle] | anchorperson [broadcasting, track, sense-specific, noun] | anchorpersons [broadcasting, track, sense-specific, noun, plural] | anchorpeople [broadcasting, track, sense-specific, noun, plural]

a heavy, traditionally double-hooked, device for keeping a ship or floating object in place | any device that keeps an object in place | an announcer ... (24 of 245 words, 11 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695492​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

anchor

First use: about 1200

Origin: [noun] Old English ancor, borrowed 9th century from Latin ... | [verb] from "anchor" (Noun). (16 of 145 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=anchor

Oxford Dictionary:

anchor | anchor tenant | anchor store | raise | anchors

Origin: Old English ancor, ancra, via Latin from Greek ankura; reinforced in Middle English by Old French ancre. The current form ... (20 of 37 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/anchor

Wiktionary:

anchor | anchors [plural] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle]

Origin: Middle English anker, Old English ancor, from Latin ancora, from (or cognate with) Ancient Greek ἄγκυρα (ankura), from Proto-Indo-European *ang- ("corner, hirn"). The modern spelling is a... (27 of 36 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anchor

New World Dictionary:

anchor

Origin: Middle English anker from Old English ancor from Latin anchora from Greek ankyra, an anchor, hook from Indo-European base ... (19 of 24 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anchor

Collins Dictionary:

anchor

Origin: Old English ancor, from Latin ancora, from Greek ankura; related to Greek ankos bend; compare Latin uncus bent, hooked

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anchor

American Heritage Dictionary:

anchor | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle] | anchors [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English anker, ancher, from Old English ancor, from Latin ancora, anchora, from Greek ankura.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/anchor

Merriam-Webster:

anchor [entry 1, often attributive, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English ancre, from Old English ancor, from Latin anchora, from Greek ankyra; akin to Old English anga hook

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/anchor

Encarta Dictionary:

anchor | anchors [plural] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle]

First use: Pre-12th century

Origin: Latin ancora from Greek agkura

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695492​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

anchor | anchors [plural] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anchor"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/anchor

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

anchoring

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anchoring"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=anchor​02 word=anchoring

anchor

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anchor"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=anchor​01 word=anchor

Collins Dictionary:

anchor

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anchor"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anchor

Macmillan British Dictionary:

anchor [countable] | anchors [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "anchor"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/anchor

anchor [verb] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle] | anchors [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "anchor"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

anchor [countable] | anchors [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anchor"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/anchor

anchor [verb] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle] | anchors [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "anchor"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

anchor [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "anchor"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "anchor"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anchor 1

the Free Dictionary:

anchor

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "anchor"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "anchor"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "anchor" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/anchor

Google Dictionary:

anchor | anchors [plural] | anchored [past tense] | anchoring [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "anchor"

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YourDictionary Audio:

anchor

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anchor" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

anchor

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "anchor" by speech synthesizer

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