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Anchor

An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, used to secure 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 (ankȳra).Anchors can either be temporary or permanent.
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Ballast

Ballast is material that is used to provide stability to a vehicle or structure. Ballast, other than cargo, may be placed in a vehicle, often a ship or the gondola of a balloon or airship, to provide stability.
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Anchor

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
the boat, no longer held fast by its anchor, swung wildly
an anchor chain
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Ballast

Heavy material that is carried to improve stability or maintain proper trim, as on a ship, or to limit buoyancy, as on a balloon.
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Anchor

an anchorman or anchorwoman
he signed off after nineteen years as CBS news anchor
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Ballast

Coarse gravel or crushed rock laid to form a bed for roads or railroads.
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Anchor

moor (a ship) to the sea bottom with an anchor
we anchored in the harbour
the ship was anchored in the lee of the island
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Ballast

The gravel ingredient of concrete.
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Anchor

present and coordinate (a television or radio programme)
she anchored a television documentary series in the early 1980s
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Ballast

Something that gives stability, especially in character.
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Anchor

(Nautical) A heavy object attached to a vessel by a cable, rope, or chain and dropped into the water to keep the vessel in place either by its weight or by its flukes, which grip the bottom.
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Ballast

To stabilize or provide with ballast.
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Anchor

A rigid point of support, as for securing a rope.
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Ballast

To fill (a railroad bed) with or as if with ballast.
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Anchor

A source of security or stability.
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Ballast

(nautical) Heavy material that is placed in the hold of a ship (or in the gondola of a balloon), to provide stability.
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Anchor

An athlete, usually the strongest member of a team, who performs the last stage of a relay race or other competition.
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Ballast

(figuratively) Anything that steadies emotion or the mind.
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Anchor

The person at the end of a tug-of-war team.
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Ballast

Coarse gravel or similar material laid to form a bed for roads or railroads, or in making concrete; track ballast.
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Anchor

An anchorperson.
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Ballast

(construction) A material, such as aggregate or precast concrete pavers, which employs its mass and the force of gravity to hold single-ply roof membranes in place.
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Anchor

To secure (a vessel) with an anchor.
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Ballast

device used for stabilizing current in an electric circuit (e.g. in a tube lamp supply circuit)
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Anchor

To secure with a fastener or similar device
bolts anchoring the deck to the house.
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Ballast

(figurative) That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security.
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Anchor

To cause to be fixed in place; fix or immobilize
fear anchoring him in the dark hallway.
mussels anchoring themselves to a rock.
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Ballast

To stabilize or load a ship with ballast.
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Anchor

To cause to feel attached or secure
memories anchoring us to our home town.
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Ballast

To lay ballast on the bed of a railroad track.
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Anchor

To provide a basis for; establish or found
"innovative cuisines firmly anchored in tradition" (Gourmet Magazine).
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Ballast

To weigh down with a ballast.
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Anchor

(Sports) To serve as an anchor for (a team or competition)
anchor a relay race.
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Ballast

Any heavy substance, as stone, iron, etc., put into the hold to sink a vessel in the water to such a depth as to prevent capsizing.
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Anchor

To narrate or coordinate (a newscast).
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Ballast

Any heavy matter put into the car of a balloon to give it steadiness.
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Anchor

To provide or form an anchor store for
Two major stores anchor each end of the shopping mall.
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Ballast

Gravel, broken stone, etc., laid in the bed of a railroad to make it firm and solid.
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Anchor

(Nautical) To drop anchor or lie at anchor.
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Ballast

The larger solids, as broken stone or gravel, used in making concrete.
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Anchor

(nautical) A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.
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Ballast

Fig.: That which gives, or helps to maintain, uprightness, steadiness, and security.
It [piety] is the right ballast of prosperity.
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Anchor

(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 55-501).
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Ballast

To steady, as a vessel, by putting heavy substances in the hold.
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Anchor

(nautical) The combined anchoring gear (anchor, rode, bill/peak and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass.)
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Ballast

To fill in, as the bed of a railroad, with gravel, stone, etc., in order to make it firm and solid.
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Anchor

(heraldry) Representation of the nautical tool, used as a heraldic charge.
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Ballast

To keep steady; to steady, morally.
'T is charity must ballast the heart.
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Anchor

Any instrument serving a purpose like that of a ship's anchor, such as an arrangement of timber to hold a dam fast; a device to hold the end of a bridge cable etc.; or a device used in metalworking to hold the core of a mould in place.
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Ballast

any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship
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Anchor

(Internet) A marked point in a document that can be the target of a hyperlink.
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Ballast

coarse gravel laid to form a bed for streets and railroads
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Anchor

(television) An anchorman or anchorwoman.
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Ballast

an attribute that tends to give stability in character and morals; something that steadies the mind or feelings
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Anchor

(athletics) The final runner in a relay race.
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Ballast

a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations)
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Anchor

(archery) A point that is touched by the draw hand or string when the bow is fully drawn and ready to shoot.
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Ballast

an electrical device for starting and regulating fluorescent and discharge lamps
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Anchor

(economics) A superstore or other facility that serves as a focus to bring customers into an area.
anchor tenant
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Ballast

make steady with a ballast
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Anchor

(figurative) That which gives stability or security.
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Anchor

(architecture) A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
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Anchor

(US) A screw anchor.
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Anchor

(architecture) Carved work, somewhat resembling an anchor or arrowhead; part of the ornaments of certain mouldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor (called also egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue) ornament.
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Anchor

One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges.
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Anchor

One of the calcareous spinules of certain holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
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Anchor

(cartomancy) The thirty-fifth Lenormand card.
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Anchor

(obsolete) An anchorite or anchoress.
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Anchor

(slang) The brake of a vehicle.
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Anchor

(soccer) A defensive player, especially one who counters the opposition's best offensive player.
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Anchor

(climbing) A device for attaching a climber at the top of a climb, such as a chain or ring or a natural feature.
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Anchor

alternative form of anker
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Anchor

To connect an object, especially a ship or a boat, to a fixed point.
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Anchor

To cast anchor; to come to anchor.
Our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream.
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Anchor

To stop; to fix or rest.
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Anchor

To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.
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Anchor

To perform as an anchorman or anchorwoman.
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Anchor

To be stuck; to be unable to move away from a position.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Anchor

An emblem of hope.
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Anchor

A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
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Anchor

One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
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Anchor

an achorman, anchorwoman, or anchorperson.
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Anchor

An anchoret.
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Anchor

To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship.
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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.
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Anchor

To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream.
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Anchor

To stop; to fix or rest.
My invention . . . anchors on Isabel.
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Anchor

a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
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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
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Anchor

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

fix firmly and stably;
anchor the lamppost in concrete
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Anchor

secure a vessel with an anchor;
We anchored at Baltimore
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