Definition of hawse in English:

hawse

Syllabification: hawse
Pronunciation: /hôz
 
/

noun

  • 1The part of a ship’s bows through which the anchor cables pass.
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    • I don't believe anyone makes stainless hawses for these winches, so there is a bit of a gap in the market.
    • The hook held the anchor chain so that it was slack on the bow roller, while the two eye-splices were passed through two hawses.
    • I need to find a way to make the two anchor chain hawses water tight.
  • 1.1The space between the head of an anchored vessel and the anchors.
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    • I'll teach them to come across my hawse.
    • Nothing would suit Nelson but this four-decked ship, so we crossed the hawse of about six of them, and were abreast of her.
    • When a ship is moored, she is often thought to be in such a state of security, that the keeping a clear hawse is too often neglected.

Origin

late Middle English halse, probably from Old Norse háls 'neck, ship's bow'.

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