The pirates then told the captain to take the vessel to the ancient coastal town of Eyl and drop anchor.
The starving French, lost to all feeling but the primitive call of hunger, thronged the bay to watch her drop anchor.
"I have a mind to drop anchor at that fort for the night," said Dr. Jones.
Still we hoped to hear of their safe arrival as soon as we should drop anchor alongside our consort in Discovery Bay.
Feels kind of good to drop anchor when you've been cruisin's long as I have.
We now went on board the schooner, having resolved to sail round the island and drop anchor opposite the heathen village.
He was adrift, knew it, and meant to drop anchor in a moment.
We'll drop anchor near the beach and I'll go over to mom and see if the folks are back.
They sail out to sea, drop anchor, and fish with hook and line.
At sunset the countercurrent forced them to drop anchor before the Mosselbaaij.
Old English ancor, borrowed 9c. from Latin ancora "anchor," from or cognate with Greek ankyra "anchor, hook" (see ankle). A very early borrowing and said to be the only Latin nautical term used in the Germanic languages. The -ch- form emerged late 16c., a pedantic imitation of a corrupt spelling of the Latin word. The figurative sense of "that which gives stability or security" is from late 14c. Meaning "host or presenter of a TV or radio program" is from 1965, short for anchorman.
c.1200, from anchor (n.). Related: Anchored; anchoring.
From Acts 27:29, 30, 40, it would appear that the Roman vessels carried several anchors, which were attached to the stern as well as to the prow. The Roman anchor, like the modern one, had two teeth or flukes. In Heb. 6:19 the word is used metaphorically for that which supports or keeps one steadfast in the time of trial or of doubt. It is an emblem of hope. "If you fear, Put all your trust in God: that anchor holds."