Definition of hawse in English:


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Pronunciation: /hɔːz


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.


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


foul hawse

A situation in which an anchored ship’s port and starboard cables are crossed.
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  • If you do it this way you won't get a foul hawse.
  • It is usual to say she has a clear hawse, or a foul hawse.
  • If she should swing around several times and foul her hawse, the effect on her copper and fastenings would soon tell

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