Hawse block
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]


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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hawse piece — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hawse plug — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hawse plug — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hawse plug — Plug Plug, n. [Akin to D. plug, G. pflock, Dan. pl[ o]k, plug, Sw. plugg; cf. W. ploc.] 1. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple. [1913 Webster] 2. A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco. [U. S.] [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Athwart hawse — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foul hawse — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come in at the hawse holes — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To freshen the hawse — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To clear hawse — Clear Clear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cleared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Clearing}.] 1. To render bright, transparent, or undimmed; to free from clouds. [1913 Webster] He sweeps the skies and clears the cloudy north. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To free from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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