|Origin:||anchora, from Greek ankyra|
a piece of heavy metal that is lowered to the bottom of the sea, lake etc to prevent a ship or boat moving
The ship was at anchor.
We dropped anchor a few yards offshore.
The next morning, they weighed anchor (=lifted the anchor) and began to move south again.
2 especially American EnglishAMT
someone who reads the news on TV and introduces news reports [= newsreader British English]
Dan Rather, anchor of the CBC Evening News
someone or something that provides a feeling of support and safety:
Dad was the anchor of the family.