Definition of hawse in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɔːz/


1The part of a ship’s bows through which the anchor cables pass.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


foul hawse

A situation in which an anchored ship’s port and starboard cables are crossed.
Example sentences
  • 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


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

Words that rhyme with hawse

applause, Azores, cause, clause, Dors, drawers, gauze, indoors, Laws, outdoors, pause, plus-fours, quatorze, Santa Claus, taws, tawse, yaws, yours

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