hawse

noun
\ ˈhȯz How to pronounce hawse (audio) \

Definition of hawse

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

First Known Use of hawse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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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“Hawse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hawse. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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