Definition of Sheet anchor

1. Noun. Spare anchor for use in emergency.

Exact synonyms: Waist Anchor
Generic synonyms: Anchor, Ground Tackle

Definition of Sheet anchor

1. v. t. A large anchor stowed on shores outside the waist of a vessel; -- called also waist anchor. See the Note under Anchor.

Definition of Sheet anchor

1. Noun. (nautical) a large, spare anchor used in an emergency ¹

2. Noun. (context: by extension) a source of help in times of danger ¹

3. Noun. (cricket) a batsman who provides dependable defence while a series of other batsmen score rapidly ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sheet Anchor

sheet-metal work
sheet anchor (current term)
sheet bend
sheet cake
sheet erosion
sheet iron
sheet lighting
sheet lightning
sheet metal
sheet metals
sheet music
sheet of paper
sheet pile
sheet piling
sheet pizza

Literary usage of Sheet anchor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1881)
"or quite obliterated, iridectomy still remains the sheet anchor. The chapters on optico-ciliary neurotomy, foreign bodies in the eye, iridotomy, ..."

2. Report of the Proceedings by Church congress (1874)
"It is His office to bring rebellious sinners to their King ; it is His loving work to give tlie hope, which is the sheet- anchor of a tempest-tost soul ..."

3. The Singing of the Future by David Ffrangcon-Davies, David Thomas Ffrangcon- Davies (1905)
"CHAPTER VII BREATHING Pronunciation the student's sheet-anchor. ... The sheet-anchor of vocalists ought to be pure pronunciation—pure in regard to ..."

4. Reliquary of English Song by Frank Hunter Potter, Charles Vincent, Thomas Tertius Noble (1916)
""The Charity Boy" JC Cross The Tar's sheet anchor In moderate time Wm. Reeve Published about 1780 * ? PP pp 1. In ear-ly youth to fear a 2. ..."

5. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1843)
"Some of the best writers on yellow fever, and those who have had the largest experience, consider mercury as their sheet-anchor in this disease. ..."

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