from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Nautical A large extra anchor intended for use in an emergency.
  • noun A source of aid in time of emergency or danger.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of two anchors, carried on shores in the waist, outside, abaft the fore-rigging, and used only in cases of emergency.
  • noun Hence Figuratively, chief dependence; main reliance; last resort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Naut.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical a large, spare anchor used in an emergency
  • noun by extension a source of help in times of danger
  • noun cricket a batsman who provides dependable defence while a series of other batsmen score rapidly

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun spare anchor for use in emergency


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