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To cast anchor

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To cast anchor (Naut) See under Anchor.
    • To cast anchor to drop or let go an anchor to keep a ship at rest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To cast anchor to let down the anchor, to take up a position
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ancor—L. ancora—Gr. angkyra, angkos, a bend. Conn. with Angle.

Usage

In literature:

I now walked toward the beach, where I met the crew of a ship that had cast anchor, to take in water.
"The Arabian Nights Entertainments" by Anonymous
I now walked toward the beach, where I met the crew of a ship that had cast anchor, to take in water.
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
At sunset we had to cast anchor again, and lie tossing till three, and then went on well.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
To-morrow we shall cast anchor.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
But it was fated never more to cast anchor in that port.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
Hardly had the ships cast anchor, when the governor came off in a boat to pay a formal visit.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
So we lashed all our lines together and cast over our anchors, hoping to find bottom.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
They cast anchor and decided not to leave the ship until morning.
"The Enchanted Island" by Fannie Louise Apjohn
The seamen therefore cast anchor, to consider what was to be done.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
After eighteen days we cast anchor in St. Thomas harbor, and pleasant as our voyage had been we were glad to see land.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
To cast anchor would have rendered the ship an easy prey to the underwater craft.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
At five o'clock we cast anchor in the bay, pretty close to Syra.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Already the crew were preparing to cast anchor.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
And even if he find it I fear he too often has no desire to cast anchor there.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
We dropped anchor and, much excited, were about to make casts, when R. C. lost his hat.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
After some months' voyage they arrived safely at the place to which they were bound, and cast anchor.
"The Russian Garland" by Various
You've cast anchor right before my front-door, and my wife and family can't get out to go to meetin'.
"The Pearl of Orr's Island" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Not one of the eleven resident traders came to town, no captain cast anchor in the lagoon, but we saw him ere the hour was out.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He finally came up to the house in splendid style, and cast anchor on the opposite sidewalk to take an observation.
"The Witches of New York" by Q. K. Philander Doesticks
Frequently the fogs leave a ship no resource except to lie-to, or to cast anchor.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
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In poetry:

"There cast my anchor of Desire
Deep in unknown Eternity;
Nor ever let my Spirit tire
With looking for What is to be.
"How beautiful the Earth is still" by Emily Jane Bronte
‘T was early in the morning tide
When she cast anchor there;
And, lo! the Jutt stood on the cliff,
To breathe the morning air:
"Saint Oluf (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
He took the cables of hemp and wool.
He took the cable of hair,
He hied him back to the roaring pool,
He cast the three anchors there.
"Legend of The Corrievrechan" by George MacDonald
Then back to southern Europe steer,
Cast anchor on the Spanish coast,
And if you regal pomp revere,
Visit this nation's pride and boast.
"Enigma VIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
"The fires are low! 'tis now too late!
Prepare to brave the coming fate!"
Now cast they anchors in the deep profound,
While dismal lash the sounding surges round.
"Samoa's Storm" by George Hannibal Temple
So softly we float on a smooth flowing sea,
That our helm and our anchors are cast to the shore,
We think them a burden and wish to be free,
From every encumbrance that can serve us no more.
"Drifting Away" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Before Jeff Daniels was cast as a world-weary cable anchor in Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series, "The Newsroom" (it debuts Sunday night), he was giving serious thought to packing it in as an actor.
Just in time for Halloween, 'Today' anchors Lester Holt, Amy Robach and Jenna Wolfe joined the cast of SyFy's 'Ghost Hunters' to search for spirits at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.
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