To cast anchor

Related to To cast anchor: drop anchor, weigh anchor
to drop or let go an anchor to keep a ship at rest.
(Naut.) See under Anchor.

See also: Anchor, Cast

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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They entered the roadstead; but as they drew near in order to cast anchor, a little cutter, looking like a coastguard formidably armed, approached the merchant vessel and dropped into the sea a boat which directed its course to the ladder.