- (n.) One of the chief magistrates in ancient Athens, especially, by preeminence, the first of the nine chief magistrates.
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Definition of: 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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- (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.
- (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.