Definition of at anchor in US English:

at anchor


  • (of a ship) moored by means of an anchor.

    • ‘Two large Indonesian naval ships lay at anchor off shore.’
    • ‘They simultaneously attacked the airfields and the ships at anchor in the bay.’
    • ‘At the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, dozens of container ships are stuck waiting at anchor or in a berth at any given time because there aren't enough dockworkers to unload them.’
    • ‘The baton was transferred from her sister ship HMS Kent at anchor of Salalah, Oman after a concentrated programme of briefings, personnel and equipment exchanges.’
    • ‘By the time they'd reached the top of the hills surrounding the harbor where the ship lay at anchor, she'd fallen hopelessly in love with Greece, the island and the taxi driver.’