anchor [-s] n

OE < L. < Gk anc- bend, crook, hook; see angle, n.

  1. Stabilizing instrument; curved fastening tool; heavy iron instrument for holding a vessel safe and stationary in water; [fig.] assurance; source of spiritual strength, stability, salvation, safety, or security.

anchor [anchored] v

see anchor, n.

  1. Settle; alight; land; perch; touch down; become attached.
  2. Moor; rest in the water; find a safe place to wait.