Hawse Hawse (h[add]z or h[add]s; 277), n. [Orig. a hawse hole, or hole in the bow of the ship; cf. Icel. hals, h[=a]ls, neck, part of the bows of a ship, AS. heals neck. See {Collar}, and cf. {Halse} to embrace.] 1. A hawse hole. --Harris. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) (a) The situation of the cables when a vessel is moored with two anchors, one on the starboard, the other on the port bow. (b) 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. (c) That part of a vessel's bow in which are the hawse holes for the cables. [1913 Webster]

{Athwart hawse}. See under {Athwart}.

{Foul hawse}, a hawse in which the cables cross each other, or are twisted together.

{Hawse block}, a block used to stop up a hawse hole at sea; -- called also {hawse plug}.

{Hawse piece}, one of the foremost timbers of a ship, through which the hawse hole is cut.

{Hawse plug}. Same as {Hawse block} (above).

{To come in at the hawse holes}, to enter the naval service at the lowest grade. [Cant]

{To freshen the hawse}, to veer out a little more cable and bring the chafe and strain on another part. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hawse — part of a ship s bow (containing the hawse holes), late 15c., from O.E. or O.N. hals part of a ship s prow, lit. neck (see COLLAR (Cf. collar)). Respelled with aw late 1500s …   Etymology dictionary

  • hawse — [hôz, hôs] n. [LME halse < ON hals, the neck, part of the bow of a ship: see COLLAR] 1. that part of the bow of a ship containing the hawseholes 2. HAWSEHOLE 3. the space between the bow of an anchored vessel and the point on the surface… …   English World dictionary

  • hawse — n. 1 the part of a ship s bows in which hawse holes or hawse pipes are placed. 2 the space between the head of an anchored vessel and the anchors. 3 the arrangement of cables when a ship is moored with port and starboard forward anchors. Phrases… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hawse — /hawz, haws/, n., v., hawsed, hawsing. Naut. n. 1. the part of a bow where the hawseholes are located. 2. a hawsehole or hawsepipe. 3. the distance or space between the bow of an anchored vessel and the point on the surface of the water above the …   Universalium

  • hawse — athwart·hawse; hawse; …   English syllables

  • hawse — noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English halse, from Old Norse hals neck, hawse; akin to Old English heals, neck more at collar Date: 14th century 1. a. the part of a ship s bow that contains the hawseholes b. hawsehole 2. the distance… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Hawse — Recorded as Haws, Hawes, Hawse, Hawyes, and possibly others, this is an English surname. It has several possible origins. The first is locational from the town of Hawes in North Yorshire. The second is a patronymic from the medieval given name… …   Surnames reference

  • hawse — /hɔz/ (say hawz) noun 1. the part of a ship s bow having holes for the cables to pass through. 2. a hawsehole. 3. the space between the stem of a ship at anchor and the anchors. 4. the situation of a ship s cables when it is moored with both bow… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hawse — 1. noun a) The part of the bow containing the hawseholes. b) A hawsehole or hawsepipe. 2. adjective A position relative to the course and position of a vessel, somewhat forward of the stem …   Wiktionary

  • hawse — Mawdesley Glossary a horse …   English dialects glossary

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