A person who hosts a news program. Usually, this person just reads news off the teleprompter, while other people (specifically, the producers) do the hard work. Male anchors must be reasonably attractive, have a nice voice, and have a full head of hair. Female anchors must be blonde. Youth is a benefit, but male anchors are often allowed to get older, while female anchors may be shown the door once they start noticibly aging. Intelligence is not a requirement for either gender. Anchors are often the highest-paid employees at the television station, which seems really unjust.

n. you child, or children (anchors) that keep(s) you from riding. "Wait till your anchors grow up, you'll have road rash for breakfast and prunes for dinner!" To be used as an endearing, not demeaning phrase.

From the Dictionary of Mountain Bike Slang

Anchoring is a technique used in Neurolinguistic Programming to connect (or "anchor") a stimulus with a response. Simple anchoring is merely Pavlovian/classical conditioning, while more complex anchors use operant conditioning. Neurolinguistic Programming uses conditioning in a more explicit way, often through visualization, than most other branches of psychology.

This is one way advertisers try to get you to buy their product, ie. by putting supermodels in their advertisements to link their product with sexual excitement. It is also a popular way for televangelists and cult leaders to get followers.

Most learned behavior is initially learned through classical conditioning, then strengthened through operant conditioning.

Types of anchoring

Neurolinguistic programming has several types of anchoring.

  • Basic anchoring (connect single stimulus with response)
  • Collapsing anchors (connecting 2 or more responses to a single stimulus)
  • Swish (replacing one response with another)
  • Chaining states (using internal states as stimulus)
  • and others...

Qualities of conditioned responses

The following characteristics are important for conditioned responses.

  • Intensity of response (strong vs. weak)
  • Purity of response (pure vs. mixed state)
  • Uniqueness of response (generalized state vs. distinct state)

The basic process

  1. Elicit a state (ie. feel the response you want)
  2. When the state peaks, say a word in your mind that describes the state at the same time as you touch yourself in a unique way (eg. hand on wrist)
  3. Take a break, break state
  4. Imagine the stimulus you want to pair with the response.
  5. As you do this, say the word and do the touch from step 2.
  6. Repeat until it become automatic

Source: The Sourcebook of Magic: A Comprehensive Guide to the Technology of NLP by L. Michael Hall

An"chor (#), n. [OE. anker, AS. ancor, oncer, L. ancora, sometimes spelt anchora, fr. Gr. , akin to E. angle: cf. F. ancre. See Angle, n.]


A iron instrument which is attached to a ship by a cable (rope or chain), and which, being cast overboard, lays hold of the earth by a fluke or hook and thus retains the ship in a particular station.

⇒ The common anchor consists of a straight bar called a shank, having at one end a transverse bar called a stock, above which is a ring for the cable, and at the other end the crown, from which branch out two or more arms with flukes, forming with the shank a suitable angle to enter the ground.

Formerly the largest and strongest anchor was the sheet anchor (hence, Fig., best hope or last refuge), called also waist anchor. Now the bower and the sheet anchor are usually alike. Then came the best bower and the small bower (so called from being carried on the bows). The stream anchor is one fourth the weight of the bower anchor. Kedges or kedge anchors are light anchors used in warping.


Any instrument or contrivance serving a purpose like that of a ship's anchor, as an arrangement of timber to hold a dam fast; a contrivance to hold the end of a bridge cable, or other similar part; a contrivance used by founders to hold the core of a mold in place.


Fig.: That which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety.

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul. Heb. vi. 19.

4. Her.

An emblem of hope.

5. Arch. (a)

A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.


Carved work, somewhat resembling an anchor or arrowhead; -- a part of the ornaments of certain moldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor (called also egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue) ornament.

6. Zool.

One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges; also, one of the calcareous spinules of certain Holothurians, as in species of Synapta.

Anchor ice. See under Ice. -- Anchor ring. Math. Same as Annulus, 2 (b). -- Anchor stock Naut., the crossbar at the top of the shank at right angles to the arms. -- The anchor comes home, when it drags over the bottom as the ship drifts. -- Foul anchor, the anchor when it hooks, or is entangled with, another anchor, or with a cable or wreck, or when the slack cable entangled. -- The anchor is acockbill, when it is suspended perpendicularly from the cathead, ready to be let go. -- The anchor is apeak, when the cable is drawn in do tight as to bring to ship directly over it. -- The anchor is atrip, or aweigh, when it is lifted out of the ground. -- The anchor is awash, when it is hove up to the surface of the water. -- At anchor, anchored. -- To back an anchor, to increase the holding power by laying down a small anchor ahead of that by which the ship rides, with the cable fastened to the crown of the latter to prevent its coming home. -- To cast anchor, to drop or let go an anchor to keep a ship at rest. -- To cat the anchor, to hoist the anchor to the cathead and pass the ring-stopper. -- To fish the anchor, to hoist the flukes to their resting place (called the bill-boards), and pass the shank painter. -- To weigh anchor, to heave or raise the anchor so as to sail away.


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An"chor (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Anchored (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Anchoring.] [Cf. F. ancrer.]


To place at anchor; to secure by an anchor; as, to anchor a ship.


To fix or fasten; to fix in a stable condition; as, to anchor the cables of a suspension bridge.

Till that my nails were anchored in thine eyes. Shak.


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An"chor, v. i.


To cast anchor; to come to anchor; as, our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream.


To stop; to fix or rest.

My invention . . . anchors on Isabel. Shak.


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An"chor, n. [OE. anker, ancre, AS. ancra, fr. L. anachoreta. See Anchoret.]

An anchoret.




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