anchor meaning

[ 'æŋkə ] Pronunciation:   "anchor" in a sentence
Verb: anchor  angku(r)
  1. Fix firmly and stably
    "anchor the lamppost in concrete"
    - ground 
  2. Secure a vessel with an anchor
    "We anchored at Baltimore"
    - cast anchor, drop anchor
Noun: anchor  angku(r)
  1. A mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
    - ground tackle 
  2. A central cohesive source of support and stability
    "faith is his anchor"
    - mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin 
  3. A television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute
    - anchorman, anchorperson

Derived forms: anchors, anchoring, anchored

See also: anchorage

Type of: claw, fasten, fix, hook, secure, support, television newscaster, television reporter, TV newsman, TV reporter

Part of: vessel, watercraft

Encyclopedia: Anchor, IL Anchor, Globe, and Eagle Anchor Anchor, Shropshire Anchor, Louisiana Anchor, Illinois

vt an·chored; an·chor·ing : to relate psychologically to a point or frame of reference (as to a person, a situation, an object, or a conceptual scheme)

[Oil and gas]
A device for holding, fixing, or fastening an object which may tend to change its position (for example, deadline, wireline or derrick anchor). Also, an anchor may be a length of tubing extending below the working barrel in a pumping well such as a gas anchor or mud anchor.

<hypertext> (Or "hyperlink", "button", formerly "span", "region", "extent") A pointer from within the content of one hypertext node (e.g. a web page) to another node. In HTML (the language used to write web pages), the source and destination of a link are known as "anchors". A source anchor may be a word, phrase, image or the whole node. A destination anchor may be a whole node or some position within the node.

A hypertext browser displays source anchors in some distinctive way. When the user activates the link (e.g. by clicking on it with the mouse), the browser displays the destination anchor to which the link refers. Anchors should be recognisable at all times, not, for example, only when the mouse is over them. Originally links were always underlined but the modern preference is to use bold text.

In HTML, anchors are created with <a..>..</a> anchor elements. The opening "a" tag of a source anchor has an "href" (hypertext reference) attribute giving the destination in the form of a URL - usually a whole "page". E.g.

 <a href=""> Free On-line Dictionary of Computing</a> 
Destination anchors can be used in HTML to name a position within a page using a "name" attribute. E.g.

 <a name="chapter3"> 
The name or "fragment identifier" is appended to the URL of the page after a "#": 


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  1. the anchor man in a relay team runs last.
  2. the sailor coiled the rope around the anchor.
  3. the ship drags her anchor.
  4. the ship dragged her anchor during the storm.
  5. the vessel lies at anchor at seattle.

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