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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ang-ker]
    • /ˈæŋ kər/
    • /ˈæŋ.kər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ang-ker]
    • /ˈæŋ kər/

Definitions of anchors word

  • noun plural anchors the brakes of a motor vehicle 3
  • noun anchors any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for preventing or restricting the motion of a vessel or other floating object, typically having broad, hooklike arms that bury themselves in the bottom to provide a firm hold. 1
  • noun anchors any similar device for holding fast or checking motion: an anchor of stones. 1
  • noun anchors any device for securing a suspension or cantilever bridge at either end. 1
  • noun anchors any of various devices, as a metal tie, for binding one part of a structure to another. 1
  • noun anchors a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay: Hope was his only anchor. 1

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Origin of anchors

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English anker, ancre, Old English ancor, ancer, ancra (compare Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German anker) < Latin anc(h)ora < Greek ánkȳra

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Parts of speech for Anchors


anchors popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

anchors usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for anchors

noun anchors

  • anchorpersons — Plural form of anchorperson.
  • anchormen — Plural form of anchorman.
  • bowers — a musician, as a violinist, who performs with a bow on a stringed instrument.
  • holds — to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his.
  • hooks — a curved or angular piece of metal or other hard substance for catching, pulling, holding, or suspending something.

verb anchors

  • affixes — to fasten, join, or attach (usually followed by to): to affix stamps to a letter.
  • drops — a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; a liquid globule.

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See also

Matching words

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