also anchor, liquid measure in North Sea and Baltic trade, early 14c., from Dutch, related to German Anker, Swedish ankare, Medieval Latin anceria "keg, vat," of unknown origin. That of Rotterdam, once used in England, equaled 10 old wine or 8.5 imperial gallons.
The last carriage having passed, an anker of whiskey was brought forth, with cakes and cheese, to feast both great and small.
I have an anker newly come, which never paid the King a groat.'
So they told me that there were ten great French ships of warre which were at an anker in Rio Grande.
The pitiful thing about anker was that he was such a good craftsman.
Through these apertures the “incluse,” or anker, watched the celebration of mass, and partook of the Holy Communion.
anker himself paid no attention to them, but went his own way.
Then I beat the head near off anker's slimy little whelp, as the only relief in sight.
And the crazy anker is there too; but does not come in, as he is shy of strangers.
What say ye if we run back with a fair wind and broach that anker of Nants?'
From time to time the crazy anker would come to ask after Master Andres.