from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A large extra anchor intended for use in an emergency.
- n. A source of aid in time of emergency or danger.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a large, spare anchor used in an emergency
- n. a source of help in times of danger
- n. a batsman who provides dependable defence while a series of other batsmen score rapidly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A large anchor stowed on shores outside the waist of a vessel; -- called also waist anchor. See the Note under anchor.
- Anything regarded as a sure support or dependence in danger; the best hope or refuge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of two anchors, carried on shores in the waist, outside, abaft the fore-rigging, and used only in cases of emergency.
- n. Hence Figuratively, chief dependence; main reliance; last resort.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. spare anchor for use in emergency
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