from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coil or loop.
- n. Nautical A ring on a stay attached to the head of a jib or staysail.
- n. A looped bundle, as of yarn.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A coil or loop of something, especially twine, yarn, or rope
- n. A ring or shackle that secures a staysail to its stay and allows the sail to glide smoothly up and down.
- n. doubt, difficulty
- n. mess, tangle
- v. To form into hanks.
- v. To fasten with a rope, as a gate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A parcel consisting of two or more skeins of yarn or thread tied together.
- n. A rope or withe for fastening a gate.
- n. Hold; influence.
- n. A ring or eye of rope, wood, or iron, attached to the edge of a sail and running on a stay.
- n. A throw in which a wrestler turns his left side to his opponent, twines his left leg about his opponent's right leg from the inside, and throws him backward.
- transitive v. To fasten with a rope, as a gate.
- transitive v. To form into hanks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A skein or coil of yarn or thread; more particularly, a definite length of yarn, thread, silk, or the like bound up in one or more skeins. A hank of cotton yarn is 840 yards; a hank of linen yarn is 3,000 yards.
- n. A string; a tie; a clasp; a hold; a collar, chain, ring, or other means of fastening.
- n. Specifically Nautical, a ring of wood or iron (formerly of rope) fastened round a fore-and-aft stay, and having the head of a jib or stay-sail seized to it. Iron hanks are used on wire stays, and wooden ones on rope stays.
- n. A withy or rope for fastening a gate.
- n. A handle.
- To fasten by means of a rope or cord: draw or compress tightly.
- [⟨ hank, n.] To form into hanks, as yarn.
- To hang.
- Same as hanker.
- n. A habit or practice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a coil of rope or wool or yarn
Middle English, from Old Norse hönk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hǫnk hank; akin to Old English hangian to hang First Known Use: 14th century (Wiktionary)