hawse

noun \ ˈhȯz \

Definition of hawse

1 a : the part of a ship's bow that contains the hawseholes
b : hawsehole
2 : the distance between a ship's bow and her anchor

Origin and Etymology of hawse

alteration of Middle English halse, from Old Norse hals neck, hawse; akin to Old English heals, neck — more at collar


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