Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The neck; the throat.
  • n. Alternative form of hawse.
  • v. To haul; to hoist.
  • v. To fall upon the neck of; embrace.
  • v. To greet; salute; hail.
  • v. To beseech; adjure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To embrace about the neck; to salute; to greet.
  • transitive v. To adjure; to beseech; to entreat.
  • transitive v. To haul; to hoist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall upon the neck of; embrace.
  • To greet; salute; hail.
  • To beseech; adjure.
  • Same as hawse.
  • n. The neck; the throat.
  • n. An obsolete form of hawse.

Etymologies

From Middle English hals, from Old English heals ("neck, prow of a ship"), from Proto-Germanic *halsaz (“neck”), from Proto-Indo-European *kols-, *ḱols- (“neck”). Cognate with Dutch hals ("neck"), German Hals ("neck, throat"), Swedish hals ("neck, throat"), Latin collum ("neck"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English halsen, halchen, from Old English *halsian, *healsian ("to embrace", literally "to fall upon the neck of"), from heals ("neck"). See above. Cognate with Old Saxon helsjen ("to embrace"), Old High German halsōn (German halsen ("to jibe")), Icelandic hálsa ("to embrace"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English halsen, halsien ("to beseech, adjure"), from Old English healsian, hālsian ("to entreat earnestly, beseech, implore"), from Proto-Germanic *hailesōnan (“to greet”), from Proto-Indo-European *kailo-, *kailu- (“whole, safe”). Cognate with Middle High German heilsen ("to predict"), Swedish helsa ("to greet"), Icelandic heilsa ("to salute"). More at whole, hailse. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English hals ("neck"), from Old Norse háls ("neck, part of the forecastle or bow of a ship"), from Proto-Germanic *halsaz (“neck”). See Etymology 1. Cognate with Danish hals ("neck, tack"). (Wiktionary)

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