• WordNet 3.6
    • v bowse haul with a tackle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bowse A carouse; a drinking bout; a booze.
    • Bowse To carouse; to bouse; to booze.
    • Bowse (Naut) To pull or haul; as, to bowse upon a tack; to bowse away, i. e., to pull all together.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bowse Same as booze.
    • bowse See bouse.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Booze, and Bouse


In literature:

Double gaskets were passed round the yards, rolling tackles and other gear bowsed taut, and everything made as secure as could be.
"Two Years Before the Mast" by Richard Henry Dana
Bowsing nowt but claretwine.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Is this a bowsing ken for every cove to shove his trunk in?
"Pelham, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Good evening, my mumpers; make your bows to this gentleman who has come to bowse with us to-night.
"The Disowned, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Say, Bowse, show de gentleman de picter ye drawed of de Sheriff.
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
In bad weather it is kept hooked, bowsed taut, and the end expended through the ring-bolt and round the arms of the rear axle.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
Just bowse it up to wind'ard as far as it will go, and let us see what it will do.
"The Log of a Privateersman" by Harry Collingwood
I thought you were snugly housed at home with Mrs Bowse, and had given up the sea altogether.
"The Pirate of the Mediterranean" by W.H.G. Kingston
Double gaskets were passed round the yards, rolling tackles and other gear bowsed taut, and everything made as secure as it could be.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
A hearty and simultaneous bowse.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Midsummer's Day moreover was the first of Bedford Fair, With Bedford Town's tag-rag and bobtail a-bowsing there.
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Cruikshank knew all about Buzmen and Adam-tilers; the days when he drank bene bowse had not been wasted, if low life be worth depicting.
"George Cruikshank" by W. H. Chesson
They bowle and bowse one to another, and for the tyme bousing belly chere.
"The Rogues and Vagabonds of Shakespeare's Youth" by John Awdeley
Sundown Bowse (G. L. Fox), and she made that gentleman's stage existence more than a burden to him through several acts.
"Curiosities of the American Stage" by Laurence Hutton
Come, lay aft here, and bowse out on this reef-pennant!
"Practical Boat-Sailing" by Douglas Frazar
I'll bowse ye up on th' cabin roof.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
Just as though I had bowsed into the House Beautiful, among Bunyan's damsels, and offered to treat the crowd!
"Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty" by J. W. de Forest