(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. berth, slip, buoy, grapnel, kedge; mainstay, safeguard; anchorman, -woman, or -person. — v. cast anchor, moor; fix, attach, fasten; hold fast. See navigation, stability, communication, connection.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A device to keep a vessel from drifting]
Syn. stay, tie, cramp, killick, grapnel, kedge, bower, mooring, drag anchor, sea anchor, bow anchor, waist anchor, mushroom anchor, stockless anchor, grappling iron, hook*.
2. [Anything that holds]
Syn. support, mainstay, ballast, safeguard, stay, security, protection, hold, tie, pillar, staff, fastener, grip, defense, protection, foothold, belay.
3. [A person who coordinates a newscast]
Syn. newscaster, commentator, anchorman, anchorwoman; see reporter .
cast or [m1]drop anchor ,
Syn. stay, dock, stop, stopover; see anchor 1 , stop 1 .
weigh anchor,
Syn. depart, embark, set out; see leave 1 , sail 1 .
1. [To drop an anchor]
Syn. make port, tie up, moor, berth, bring a ship in, drop anchor, cast anchor, heave the hook*, lay anchor*, foul the anchor*, carry out the anchor*.
Ant. sail*, weigh anchor, set out for sea.
2. [To make fast]
Syn. tie, secure, attach; see fasten 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
mooring, grapnel, hook, support, security, stability, hold, safeguard.
heaviest, released from the bow: bower
hoist: cat, weigh
hoisting rig: capstan, windlass
light anchor used to free ship run aground: kedge
prongs: flukes
round, flukeless type: mushroom anchor
small: kedge, grapnel, killick
stone: killick
see ship
moor, secure, fix, cat.
ANT.: weigh anchor, release
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To make secure: catch, fasten, fix, moor, secure. Idiom: make fast. See MOVE.

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