Mainspring vs Anchor - What's the difference?

mainspring | anchor |


As nouns the difference between mainspring and anchor

is that mainspring is the principal spring of a clockwork mechanism, that drives it by uncoiling while anchor is (label) a tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.

As a verb anchor is

to hold an object, especially a ship or a boat to a fixed point.

mainspring

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • The principal spring of a clockwork mechanism, that drives it by uncoiling.
  • * 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
  • He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by-and-by break their mainsprings and pass away.
  • (figuratively) The most important reason for something.
  • My daughter is the mainspring of my life.

    anchor

    English

    Alternative forms

    * anchour (chiefly archaic)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (label) A tool used to moor a vessel to the bottom of a sea or river to resist movement.
  • # Formerly a vessel would differentiate amongst the anchors carried as waist anchor'', ''best bower'', ''bower'', ''stream'' and ''kedge'' anchors, depending on purpose and, to a great extent, on mass and size of the anchor. Modern usage is ''storm anchor'' for the heaviest anchor with the longest rode, ''best bower'' or simply ''bower'' for the most commonly used anchor deployed from the bow, and ''stream'' or ''lunch hook for a small, light anchor used for temporary moorage and often deployed from the stern.
  • # (label) An iron device so shaped as to grip the bottom and hold a vessel at her berth by the chain or rope attached. (FM 55-501).
  • * , chapter=10
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  • (label) The combined anchoring gear (anchor, rode, and fittings such as bitts, cat, and windlass.)
  • Any instrument serving a purpose like that of a ship's anchor, such as an arrangement of timber to hold a dam fast; a device to hold the end of a bridge cable etc.; or a device used in metalworking to hold the core of a mould in place.
  • (label) A marked point in a document that can be the target of a hyperlink.
  • (label) An anchorman or anchorwoman.
  • (label) The final runner in a relay race.
  • (label) A superstore or other facility that serves as a focus to bring customers into an area.
  • * 2006 , Planning: For the Natural and Built Environment (issues 1650-1666, page 15)
  • Supermarkets have also had to adjust. Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda have put a much greater emphasis on developing smaller high street stores or becoming anchors for mixed-used regeneration schemes
  • (label) That which gives stability or security.
  • * Bible, (w) vi. 19
  • which hope we have as an anchor of the soul
  • (label) A metal tie holding adjoining parts of a building together.
  • (label) Carved work, somewhat resembling an anchor or arrowhead; part of the ornaments of certain mouldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor (called also egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue) ornament.
  • One of the anchor-shaped spicules of certain sponges.
  • One of the calcareous spinules of certain holothurians, as in species of Synapta .
  • Derived terms

    * anchorage * anchor baby * screw anchor * weigh anchor

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To hold an object, especially a ship or a boat to a fixed point.
  • To cast anchor; to come to anchor.
  • Our ship (or the captain) anchored in the stream.
  • To stop; to fix or rest.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My invention anchors on Isabel.
  • To provide emotional stability for a person in distress.
  • To perform as an anchorman.