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anchoring (countable and uncountable, plural anchorings)

  1. The act or means by which something is anchored or made firm.
    • 2012, Professor Christian Hermansen Cordua, Manifestoes and Transformations in the Early Modernist City (page 161)
      Stripped of its temporal anchorings, what remains of Geddes's thinking was its inactual or anachronic idealism, which often isolated him from his contemporaries []
  2. (psychology) The tendency of people to place subsequently refined answers to a given question close to the initially estimated answer, giving unduly weight to the initial answer, such as adjusting the initial estimate of "20%" to "30%" when "90%" would be more appropriate.



  1. Present participle of anchor.