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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