Definition of hank in English:


Syllabification: hank
Pronunciation: /haNGk


1A coil or skein of yarn, hair, rope, or other material: a thick hank of her blonde hair
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  • Seems her feet got dirty at the friends house a dozen times before I ripped hanks of hair from my head and tossed them into the air.
  • All around are souvenir stands selling anything from T-shirts and badges through to ‘Hog Hair’ - a kind of biker Jimmy Wig with a hank of human hair attached to a bandana - and leather, leather and yet more leather.
  • I so often read about people loving variegated yarns on the hank, but hating it, when it's knitted up.
coil, skein, length, roll, loop, twist, piece;
lock, ringlet, curl
2A measurement of the length per unit mass of cloth or yarn, which varies according to the type being measured. For example, a hank is equal to 840 yards for cotton yarn and 560 yards for worsted.
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  • This enables the dyer to create hanks of yarn that aren't too tightly wound together, ensuring that the dye bath can penetrate all of the fibres and preventing streaking.
  • I left the Studio with some nice stuff, pictured here. 2 hanks of the lovely Rio de la Plata (the other Uruguayan yarn), 2 hanks of Ironstone mohair, and 1 hank of Ironstone cotton tape.
  • They buy the cotton from the Sangham office for Rs.25 a kg and can get 13-15 hanks if the cotton is good.
3 Sailing A ring for securing a staysail to the stay.
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  • A hank is provided for rapidly attaching a sail to a stay.
  • The hank has a generally cylindrical body member with a longitudinal channel therethrough large enough to accommodate and slide on a stay on which it is adapted to be mounted.
  • We can also reduce to total cost of the your roller furling package by taking your hank on sails in trade.


Middle English: from Old Norse hǫnk; compare with Swedish hank 'string' and Danish hank 'handle'.

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