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anchor

(ang'ker),
Any device that fixes the position of an object with respect to its surroundings.
[M.E. anker, fr. O.E. ancor, fr. L. ancora, fr. G. ankyra]

anchor

A clinical trial term of art for a planned activity, often marking the transition between epochs (stages) or elements of a clinical study plan—e.g., FP/FV (first patient/first visit).

anchor

(ang′kŏr) [L. ancora, anchora, fr Gr. ankyra, anchor]
1. Any structure that provides stability for a prosthetic dental appliance, e.g., a crown, bridge, or denture. The anchor may be a metal implant, a natural tooth, or part of a fixed bridge.
2. In emergency medicine, to tie or attach a rope or sling so it will not move and can support the weight of the rescuers, basket, and patient.
3. A tree, rock, door casing, or other strong stable device that will not move when a rescuer and patient's weight are attached to it.
4. In cell biology, a scaffold within the cell or its membranes, on which enzymes or other important molecules are suspended.
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If we had had another day, we would have dropped anchor here -- Cabbage Key gets rowdy with fun on weekend nights.
The docks were not large enough so the ship dropped anchor two miles offshore at Roches Point.
Earlier, the ship dropped anchor at Hut Bay without any permission.
The Grey Seal is thought to have dropped anchor late on Friday.
Hundreds of boats dropped anchor in the Solent off West Cowes to watch the voters' choice, Russell Crowe doing battle at sea during the Napoleonic Wars in an epic naval saga based on the books of adapted from three Patrick O'Brian novels
While Daren Ganga dropped anchor and was patience personified in compiling a 40-over 47, Morton blazed a trail at the other end.
Consequently, the cruise liner dropped anchor at the Hilton Beach Marina near St.
The rider dropped anchor on the 1-3 favourite, but she moved effortlessly into contention when required and eased away to account for Snoqualmie Girl by two lengths.
The rider dropped anchor on the 1-3 favourite but she moved eortlessly into contention when required and eased away to account for Snoqualmie Girl by two lengths.
It was wonderful and when we dropped anchor, we really lapped up the sun and enjoyed our relaxation.
Disney's first interactive DVD game, Pirates of the Caribbean, yesterday dropped anchor at a store near you.
The coloured water wasn't ideal for plaice, which are mainly sight feeders, but their skipper dropped anchor on the banks and the guys lowered their bait ready for some action.