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English definition of “anchor”

anchor

noun [C] (ON A BOAT)    /ˈæŋ.kər/ US  /-kɚ/
C2 a heavy metal object , usually shaped like a cross with curved arms , on a strong rope or chain , that is dropped from a boat into the water to prevent the boat from moving away: We dropped anchor (= lowered the anchor into the water ) and stopped . It was time to weigh anchor (= pull up the anchor and sail away).Parts of ships and boats
(Definition of anchor noun (ON A BOAT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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