from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The part of a ship where the hawseholes are located.
- n. A hawsehole.
- n. The space between the bows and anchors of an anchored ship.
- n. The arrangement of a ship's anchor cables when both starboard and port anchors are secured.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The part of the bow containing the hawseholes.
- n. A hawsehole or hawsepipe.
- n. The horizontal distance or area between an anchored vessel's bows and the actual position of her anchor(s).
- adj. A position relative to the course and position of a vessel, somewhat forward of the stem.
- adv. Said of a vessel lying to two anchors, streamed from either bow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hawse hole.
- n. The situation of the cables when a vessel is moored with two anchors, one on the starboard, the other on the port bow.
- n. The distance ahead to which the cables usually extend
- n. That part of a vessel's bow in which are the hawse holes for the cables.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. The space between the ship and her anchors: as, he was anchored in our hawse; the brig fell foul of our hawse, etc.
- To raise.
- n. Exaltation.
- n. A Scotch form of halse.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the hole that an anchor rope passes through
Middle English hals, forward curve of a strake, probably from Old Norse hāls, neck, ship's bow; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)