General English


  • noun a device connected to and dropped from a boat in order to prevent the boat from moving in the water


  • A device to prevent movement when in tension, such as a tie-back for sheet piling.
  • In masonry composite wall construction, the tension connection between components.
  • In prestressed or posttensioned concrete, the end connection for the tendons.
  • A timber connector.
  • The metal devices that secure metal door andwindow frames to masonry.
  • In piping systems, a device that secures piping to a structure.


  • noun a batsman who plays fairly defensively (often while partnering an aggressive hitter), and accumulates runs slowly but steadily, giving an element of stability to the team’s innings. A player batting in this style is also said to ‘drop anchor’.
    Citation ‘Vandort opted for the anchor role in a knock which lasted almost four hours and included 10 fours.’ (BBC Sport website, 1 May 2006)
    Citation ‘It was decided that he would go for the runs while Vengsarkar … would drop anchor and pick ones and twos.’ (Purandare 2005)
  • verb to play a long steady innings that forms the backbone of one’s team’s score
    Citation ‘“I’m thrilled to bits to have done it”, said Langer afterwards, having anchored Somerset’s vast first-innings total with an epic 342’ (Andrew Miller, Guardian 21 July 2006)

Media Studies

  • noun a presenter who reads the news and introduces news reports and interviews from reporters located outside the studio.
  • verb to present a news programme


  • noun a heavy metal weight, which is lowered to the bottom of the sea in order to stop a stationary ship from drifting

Real Estate

  • noun any device that keeps an object in place


  • noun a young person, typically a younger sibling or babysittee, who inhibits one’s pleasure or freedom of movement. The term was in use among adolescents and young adults from around 2000.


  • noun the team member who is responsible for the last leg in a relay race or who is at the back in a tug of war


  • noun a heavy metal hook dropped to the bottom of the sea to hold a ship in one place

Origin & History of “anchor”

English borrowed this word from Latin in the 9th century, but its ultimate source is Greek ágkūra (which goes back to an Indo-European base *angg- ‘bent’, also the source of angle and ankle). Originally it was spelled ancor, reflecting Latin ancora; the inauthentic h began to creep in in the 16th century, in imitation of the learned-looking but misguided Latin spelling anchora.