hawse

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noun \ˈhȯz\

Definition of hawse

  1. 1a :  the part of a ship's bow that contains the hawseholesb :  hawsehole

  2. 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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