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anchor +‎ -age


  • IPA(key): /ˈæŋkəɹɪd͡ʒ/
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anchorage (countable and uncountable, plural anchorages)

  1. (nautical) A harbor, river, or offshore area that can accommodate a ship at anchor, either for quarantine, queuing, or discharge.
  2. (nautical) A fee charged for anchoring.
    Anchorage is five pounds a night outside the harbour.
  3. That into which something is anchored or fastened.
    the anchorages of the Brooklyn Bridge
  4. (medicine) The surgical fixation of prolapsed organs.
  5. The act of anchoring, or the condition of lying at anchor.
    • 1866, Augusta Webster, transl., 'The Prometheus Bound of Æschylus, page 66, lines 1001–1002:
      And yet 'twas by such braggart vaunts as these
      Thou broughtst thee to this woeful anchorage.
  6. The set of anchors belonging to a ship.
  7. The retreat of a hermit, or anchorite.
  8. (figurative) Something on which one may depend for security; ground of trust.

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