Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hold of an anchor upon the ground.
- n. Firm hold in a figurative sense; ground of expectation or trust; security.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The hold or grip of an anchor, or that to which it holds.
- n. Hence: Firm hold: security.
“Book, which is the Christian's anchor-hold of hope, dark and contradictory, then it is not to be rejected, but on a penalty that reduces to an atom, all the sufferings this earth can inflict.”
“Letter to M.B. *** However high be the capacity of the mind, it is humiliating to find what small things can distract it, if its anchor-hold be not truly what and where it ought to be; and who does not find the need of this being often renewed and made fast?”
“Almost everything smashed and parted except the anchor-hold.”
“Grindal describes him as "sophistical, disdainful, and illuding arguments with irrision, when he was not able to solute the same by learning", and adds that "his great anchor-hold was in urging the literal sense of hoc est corpus meum, thereby to prove transubstantiation".”
“To the believer whose anchor-hold is settled for life and death at the foot of his Redeemer's Cross, it is cheering indeed to see in these beautiful English renderings, by a scholar whose sympathies are complete with the faith and hope of the Norse psalmists, how Icelandic hearts have in the past beat true to the Gospel of Calvary, and how they do so still in these days so often troubled by alien thinking.”
“Then I remember clutching at the wolfskin like one clinching a death-grip of reality, praying God not to let go a soul's anchor-hold of reason.”
“Here was your anchor-hold, and your rendezvous: you trust to Cobham, either”
“The church of St. Patricio, near Crickhowel, South Wales, has an anchor-hold; also Clifton Campville”
“Within the churchyard of many a town or village church, and usually attached to the church, stood a reclusorium, or anchor-hold, wherein a recluse, male or female, once resided.”
“Heton, who wearied of her lot, and left the anchor-hold, an example which was followed by several of her successors.”
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