weigh anchor

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Verb1.weigh anchor - heave up an anchor in preparation for sailingweigh anchor - heave up an anchor in preparation for sailing
heave up, heft, heft up, heave - lift or elevate
lette anker
lever l’ancrelever l'ancre
horgonyt felszed
létta akkeri
demir almak


(wei) verb
1. to find the heaviness of (something) by placing it on a scale. He weighed himself on the bathroom scales; You must have your luggage weighed at the airport.
2. to be equal to in heaviness. This parcel weighs one kilo; How much / What does this box weigh?
3. to be a heavy burden to. She was weighed down with two large suitcases.
weight (weit) noun
1. the amount which a person or thing weighs. He's put on a lot of weight (= got much fatter) over the years.
2. a piece of metal etc of a standard weight. seven-pound weight.
3. a heavy object, especially one for lifting as a sport. He lifts weights to develop his muscles.
4. burden; load. You have taken a weight off my mind.
5. importance. Her opinion carries a lot of weight.
1. to attach, or add, a weight or weights to. The plane is weighted at the nose so that it balances correctly in flight.
2. to hold down by attaching weights. They weighted the balloon to prevent it from flying away.
ˈweightless adjective
not affected by the earth's gravity pull. The astronauts became weightless on going into orbit round the earth.
ˈweightlessness noun
ˈweighty adjective
1. important. a weighty reason.
2. heavy.
ˈweightily adverb
ˈweightiness noun
ˈweighing-machine noun
a (public) machine for weighing people, loads etc; a scale. I weighed myself on the weighing-machine at the railway station.
ˈweightlifting noun
the sport of lifting weights.
weigh anchor
to lift a ship's anchor in preparation for sailing.
weigh in to find one's weight before a fight, after a horse-race etc ( ˈweigh-in) noun
weigh out
to measure out by weighing. He weighed out six kilos of sand.
weigh up
to calculate, estimate; to consider. He weighed up his chances of success.
References in classic literature ?
Then he dragged himself cautiously to the top of a rock, from which he had a full view of the sea, and thence he saw the tartan complete her preparations for sailing, weigh anchor, and, balancing herself as gracefully as a water-fowl ere it takes to the wing, set sail.
On the morning of the 11th, the repairs being all finished, and the water casks replenished, the signal was given to embark, and the ship began to weigh anchor.
Before Death BEFORE death comes to me I want to smell the pine tree Look out over the blue sea Sit by a river with you sitting next to me I want to walk over a stone bridge look down at the valley from a high ridge I want to walk down a country lane, smell the heather the ripened grain See the partridge quail pheasant with its long tail I want to stand on a pier as the tall ships with their white sails silently move up river to their resting place to dock and weigh anchor I want to see a peaceful world where children have smiles upon their face Instead of pain as they sit in dereliction squalor and starvation I want to see governments of all nations pay for their insanity I want humanity to mean humanity I want a perfect world Which is in itself insanity.
Thankfully after three dry days we managed to weigh anchor and sailed for Germany, where the beautiful scenery more than made up for our disappointment.
Once the work is complete and sea trials completed, the larger, smarter MSC Sinfonia will weigh anchor from the shipyard on 25 March for Genoa, from where she'll begin for her maiden cruise to Ajaccio, Barcelona and Marseille.
However, the chaos since last year's revolution, the repeated strikes, the cutting of railway lines and Nile Cruisers being prevented to weigh anchor have taken their toll.
An old gentleman, once the Manakis' assistant, relates how Yannakis Malakis had told him about the lost film reels while preparing to shoot a sailing ship about to weigh anchor from Salonika.
It should have ensured a decision before Fred Olsen Lines decided to weigh anchor.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said the ship was expected to weigh anchor last night.