Noun Anchor-hold Definition and Examples







A heavy object attached to a cable or chain and used to moor a ship to the sea bottom, typically having a metal shank with a pair of curved, barbed flukes at one end.
  1. as modifier 'an anchor chain'
  2. 'In addition to knitting, Johnson and a group of three women and one brave man meet several times a week in an empty space near the forecastle, the area of the ship where the anchor chains are stowed.'
  3. 'Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said last night that a new attempt is being made to try to pull up the boat, together with antenna, cable and two heavy anchors holding it.'
  4. 'The other objects include a large ship's anchor and an eight-foot slab of concrete, both with paint scrapings.'
  5. 'The marina helps them set two anchors with chain, plus two extra-long anchor lines.'
  6. 'At the bow a pair of traditionally shaped anchors rest inside the ship where the deck has collapsed, the anchor winch having fallen sideways and almost standing on one end.'
  7. 'Forward of the boilers there is little but scraps of metal, except for the anchor winch, chains and anchors.'
  8. 'Neither anchor nor chain are any longer there, but it is full of anemones, and wrasse seem to have fun chasing each other up and down it.'
  9. 'They ranged from the production of brass and other non-ferrous metals to screws, nuts, bolts, chains and anchors, pins, and jewellery.'
  10. 'They rigged two mooring legs on the ship's fantail, consisting of anchors, chain and heavy cable attached to two buoys.'
  11. 'A ship had thrown its anchor down near desolate shores, constantly ravaged and pummeled by persistent waves.'
  12. 'Because it could provide an anchor for part of downtown - the old town of York, no less - that really needs some help getting going again.'
  13. 'I think he's not your typical anchor, in that he shows up in situations that other anchors don't.'
  14. 'His theses drawn from cultural and analytic vertices, provide anchors for the incomprehensible.'
  15. 'Authors are separated to encourage browsing, or placed together to provide a stable anchor.'
  16. 'We have declared that we see the Currency Board as a very important anchor of stability for the country's financial and economic system.'
  17. 'Once the frame is assembled and is set up in the desired spot, special tie-down anchors secure the frame to the dirt or lawn.'
  18. 'The end of it that was still in front of Ivan wrapped around his right arm once again, and the lance started to pull him towards Zas, using the ground as an anchor.'
  19. 'The three vessels had been prepared to survive Hurricane Ivan by securing them to fixed anchors located in the bay.'
  20. 'The post office is the anchor and provides the foot flow.'
  21. 'Nonetheless, the basic line from which the image evolved - and around which all its complexities revolve - provides a clarifying anchor.'
  22. 'In 1992, MBI landed a large mall project with multiple anchor tenants.'
  23. 'With Standard Life Assurance Company the main investment partner, the centre boasts more than 90 shops, including the anchor tenants.'
  24. 'It will see a 350,000 sq ft extension to the existing Frenchgate shopping centre, which is to have as its anchor retailer a new Debenham's department store.'
  25. 'An unnamed supermarket will be the anchor tenant of the shopping complex, which is set to transform the commercial life of the town as its population expands.'
  26. 'The centre piece and anchor store in Centrale, House of Fraser's arrival brings six years of planning and construction to fruition, and promises to bring shoppers flocking back to Croydon.'
  27. 'The 65,000 sq ft Harvey Nichols store is the anchor tenant for the new fashion street The Walk, off Saint Andrew Square, which will have a total of 27 outlets.'
  28. 'In addition to the three anchor tenants, the site will also contain 50 retail units, multi-storey and underground parking and a six-screen cineplex.'
  29. 'Developers Chartback are holding advanced talks with an unnamed retailer specialising in non-food household goods to secure a main anchor for the Rawson Quarter project.'
  30. 'A new town centre is promised for Southill, with the giant retail discount store Aldi as anchor tenant.'
  31. 'I don't think we'll be seeing pride boutiques opening as anchor stores at any of the major malls quite yet.'
  32. 'this idiot in front slammed on his anchors at a crossing'
  33. 'Drivers speed up between cameras and then slam the anchors on as they approach another camera.'
  34. 'Hard on the anchors into the esses - a quick and tight left/right/right - make sure you brake in a straight line or the back wheels will be overtaking the bonnet.'
An anchorman or anchorwoman.
  1. 'Let's begin by looking at a recent discussion on these issues I had last week with veteran CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite.'
  2. 'Let's check in with Rob Marciano in Bay Town, Texas, our CNN weatherman and news anchor as well.'
  3. '‘The best thing you can do is visit radio stations in your area,’ said King, a national anchor and reporter.'
  4. 'Our anchors and reporters regularly speak to community organizations.'
  5. 'News anchors and reporters couldn't make enough references to the trials and tribulations that they faced throughout the day.'
  6. 'Gavin Esler has been a news anchor on BBC News 24 since 1997.'
  7. 'But viewers could only feel fractured and scared as the anchors and reporters scrambled to keep up with the vivid images.'
  8. 'Producers, anchors, reporters and the management staff started by reviewing the ratings from the night before.'
  9. 'And we asked whether the broadcast network news anchors are, well, dinosaurs.'
  10. 'Behind a glass wall at one end is the smallest of Al Jazeera's three broadcast studios, where anchors read five-minute newscasts every hour.'


Moor (a ship) to the sea bottom with an anchor.
  1. no object, with adverbial of place 'we anchored in the harbour'
  2. 'At some point construction on the inside of the marina will begin and anchored yachts will be chased back outside.'
  3. 'Personnel from HMAS Anzac set off to do a tour of Egypt while the ship is anchored near the entrance to the Suez Canal.'
  4. 'WO Osborne said the area is still thought to contain the remnants of a protective minefield and ships are forbidden from anchoring in the bay.'
  5. 'The pub is a mecca for yachters - including Princess Anne, who anchors her ocean-going yacht Royal Doublet in the sheltered deep waters of the loch.'
  6. 'Luxury yachts are docked in the harbour, and giant cruise ships are anchored swimming distance from the beach.'
  7. 'Geraldton Port Authority acting harbour master David Murgatroyd said the skipper anchored the boat, Rex, and radioed for help about 5 am.'
  8. 'The lifeboat crew helped to anchor the vessel so it would withstand the battering of the waves until it was ready to be refloated, and transferred the passengers and crew to safety.'
  9. 'We shall put her in the side of a cove, and anchor our ships behind her.'
  10. 'Initially, only one other vessel responded, so Duncan cheekily anchored the two ships in full view of the Dutch fleet, ordering his officers to signal regularly to the imaginary remainder of his warships.'
  11. 'At first, as on one of my earlier visits, I leafed through the log of the Southwold, a patrol ship that was anchored off the pier from autumn of 1914.'
  12. 'The container of the line was anchored at a known point, and using the distances from that and references from the beach, Divers were able to mark depths and notes on a board with a grease pencil.'
  13. 'Each magazine is firmly anchored at bottom and rear.'
  14. 'While we were still anchored at Cooktown, we experienced a second coincidental echo between the voyages of past and present.'
  15. 'Sylvain Wiltord says he plays from the heart and does not want to be anchored to a particular position within a team.'
  16. 'The back of the truck is anchored firmly to the asphalt by a ton of documents, storage media, books, computers, and peripheral devices.'
  17. 'The sport is firmly anchored in northern Europe, booming in eastern Europe, popular in Australia and South Africa, and widespread in North America.'
  18. 'The problem was that both sets of posts have been firmly anchored in concrete for years and were immovable.'
  19. 'Even if the braces were adequately supported at mid span and were adequately anchored at the base and at the wall, the braces could still fail, depending on the strength of the wind gust.'
  20. 'Chief culprit in dental decay is the bacterium Streptococcus mutans, which anchors itself to the tooth and produces lactic acid as a metabolic byproduct.'
  21. 'Gilkey was anchored securely to his position in the gully with two ice axes while the others moved to the other side of a rocky rib to set up a tent.'
  22. 'it is important that policy be anchored to some acceptable theoretical basis'
  23. 'For while Blair made, and makes, a cogent, cerebral case for his New Labourism, Gordon Brown had the previous day approached the same task - anchoring current policy in old time ideals - via a different route.'
  24. 'Other observers have been equally firm in anchoring American Jewish writing to the immigrant experience, a point brought home by Irving Howe in a famous attack on Philip Roth in Commentary in 1972.'
  25. 'Keith only rarely bothers, and most of his recent songs are firmly anchored in the folk or classical tradition.'
  26. 'Chisholm says he is firmly anchored in publicly funded healthcare, and brandishes a copy of the Wanless Report as his New Year holiday reading.'
  27. 'And, on the other hand, the dollar pegs anchored their domestic monetary policies.'
  28. 'In short, a domestic policy of austerity would be anchored in a supranational regime, a regime designed to provide ‘stability’.'
  29. 'The book also tells one a lot about Herge, who was a stickler for accuracy and detail and how he ensured that each of the stories was firmly anchored in fact.'
  30. 'He does not press ambitious claims, and each of his opinions is firmly anchored in the law.'
  31. 'With a party anchored in a strong foundation, the next chore would be to sell Government programmes and what the New Deal has achieved in the past.'
  32. 'The program in Charlottesville was anchored on classical foundations.'
Present and coordinate (a television or radio programme)
  1. 'As we said, Wolf Blitzer is anchoring our election coverage this evening and through tomorrow.'
  2. 'She has anchored programmes on television, and has her brand ‘Karens’ producing fruit preserves, marmalades.'
  3. 'During the 1980s, when he anchored a morning news radio programme in Israel, he noticed over time how reports were massaged for public consumption.'
  4. 'To change the subject rather abruptly, the philosophy postgraduates at La Trobe University (my home) have been anchoring a philosophy radio program this year.'
  5. 'And unveiling the Bollywood wardrobe at a press preview here this afternoon was the former Miss India, Gul Panag, who anchors a television show on fashion in one of the leading channels.'
  6. 'Each episode of the programme, anchored by Yugendran, son of the well-known singer, Malaysia Vasudevan, has three teams fiercely competing with one another.'
  7. 'The programme was anchored by popular television artiste, Udaya Bhanu.'
  8. 'Sophie, who has a degree in war studies and an MA in broadcast journalism, will be using her previous experience as presenter of Midlands Today to anchor the new programme from the studio.'
  9. 'To say he was smooth on the air doesn't do him justice, especially to those of us who have anchored television newscasts - and who, in my case, have good reasons for doing so no more.'
  10. 'He also has the credit of being the youngest artiste to anchor television programmes.'
((n.) The hold or grip of an anchor, or that to which it holds.|--|(n.) Hence: Firm hold: security.|--|)

Old English ancor, ancra, via Latin from Greek ankura; reinforced in Middle English by Old French ancre. The current form is from anchora, an erroneous Latin spelling. The verb (from Old French ancrer) dates from Middle English.

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