Sheet" an"chor (?). [OE. scheten to shoot, AS. sceotan; cf. OE. shoot anchor. See Shoot, v. t.]

1. 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.


© Webster 1913.

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