"anchor" in the noun sense
1. anchor, ground tackle
a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving
2. anchor, mainstay, keystone, backbone, linchpin, lynchpin
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"
3. anchor, anchorman, anchorperson
a television reporter who coordinates a broadcast to which several correspondents contribute
"anchor" in the verb sense
1. anchor, ground
fix firmly and stably
"anchor the lamppost in concrete"
2. anchor, cast anchor, drop anchor
secure a vessel with an anchor
"We anchored at Baltimore"
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