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Definition of: ANCHOR

anchor
(n.) A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain), and which, being cast overboard, lays hold of the earth by a fluke or hook and thus retains the ship in a particular station.
(n.) Any instrument or contrivance serving a purpose like that of a ship's anchor, as an arrangement of timber to hold a dam fast; a contrivance to hold the end of a bridge cable, or other similar part; a contrivance used by founders to hold the core of a mold in place.
(n.) Fig.: That which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety.
(n.) An emblem of hope.
(n.) A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
(n.) Carved work, somewhat resembling an anchor or arrowhead; -- a part of the ornaments of certain moldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor (called also egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue) ornament.
(n.) One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta.
(n.) An anchoret.
(v. i.) To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream.
(v. i.) To stop; to fix or rest.
(v. t.) To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship.
(v. t.) To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge.

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archon
archon
(n.) One of the chief magistrates in ancient Athens, especially, by preeminence, the first of the nine chief magistrates.
charon
charon
(n.) The son of Erebus and Nox, whose office it was to ferry the souls of the dead over the Styx, a river of the infernal regions.
rancho
rancho
(n.) A rude hut, as of posts, covered with branches or thatch, where herdsmen or farm laborers may live or lodge at night.
(n.) A large grazing farm where horses and cattle are raised; -- distinguished from hacienda, a cultivated farm or plantation.