• WordNet 3.6
    • n hawse the hole that an anchor rope passes through
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hawse A hawse hole.
    • Hawse (Naut) That part of a vessel's bow in which are the hawse holes for the cables.
    • Hawse (Naut) The distance ahead to which the cables usually extend; as, the ship has a clear or open hawse, or a foul hawse; to anchor in our hawse, or athwart hawse.
    • Hawse (Naut) The situation of the cables when a vessel is moored with two anchors, one on the starboard, the other on the port bow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hawse That part of a vessel's bow where the holes for her cables to pass through are cut: now used chiefly in phrases describing the condition of a vessel's chains when she is moored with both starboard and port anchors down. Thus, the hawse is clear when both chains lead direct to their respective anchors; when the ship brings a strain on both chains, one on each bow, the hawse is said to be open, and if the chains are crossed or twisted together, the hawse is said to be foul.
    • n hawse The space between the ship and her anchors: as, he was anchored in our hawse; the brig fell foul of our hawse, etc.
    • hawse To raise.
    • n hawse Exaltation.
    • n hawse A Scotch form of halse.
    • n hawse A ridge or neck (generally at the head of two oppositely-descending stream-valleys) which connects two higher ridges or summits, as on the Scottish border and in the Lake district of the North of England.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hawse hawz the part of a vessel's bow in which the hawse-holes are cut
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Orig. a hawse hole, or hole in the bow of the ship; cf. Icel. hals, hāls, neck, part of the bows of a ship, AS. heals, neck. See Collar, and cf. Halse to embrace
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. háls, the neck.


In literature:

I wonder Sam hadn't more sense than to cross his hawse as he did.
"The Island Treasure" by John Conroy Hutcheson
As the anchor came up to the hawse-hole, the jib filled, and the vessel began to move.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Whitehouse is usually of local origin, but has also absorbed the medieval names Whitehose and White-hawse, the latter from Mid.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Her red hawse-holes showed like glowering and savage eyes.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
An hour before daylight her cable rattled through her hawse-pipe, and she swung quietly to her anchor in Samatau Bay.
"John Frewen, South Sea Whaler" by Louis Becke
What it look lak ain't on de hawses, ma'am?
"A Dixie School Girl" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
A hoarse order from forward was followed by a clanking of the cable through the hawse pipes.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
And we shall see more of it presently; they are crossing our hawse in a diagonal direction, and edging this way.
"With Airship and Submarine" by Harry Collingwood
Bucklers, or pieces of wood made to fit over the hawse-holes when at sea, to back the hawse-plugs.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The roar of the chain running out through the hawse-hole and the heavy splash could not be mistaken.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
The old posts were called 'houses,' but this one was built by Jasper Hawse.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
The rattling of the chain through the hawse, decides it.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
Hawses an' dawgs an' cows an' sich, cyarn' put de stuff in dey stumicks dat we kin.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
After the cable had ceased rattling through the hawse hole Miss Daisy demanded a boat.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
Richmond ud hole onto his hawse's tail, an go wif him fuhs he could fo a battle.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
It ascended and swayed and its shank went smoothly into the hawse-hole.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
When is two raace hawses less'n one?
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
I got that little grey hawse of Bill Edwards'.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
They 'clear our hawse' from turns and twists in the chain of our landward connections.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
In mooring, you should always have a shackle near the hawse-hole, for clearing hawse.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana

In poetry:

She fired a shot across their hawse
And they had to heave to them,
For she could make her fifteen knots,
And the Dinkinbar but ten,
And she had her machine gun ready to fire
On all but unarmed men.
"The Ballad Of The Dinkinbar" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

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