American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An opening in the bow of a ship through which a cable or hawser is passed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cylindrical hole in the bow of a ship through which a cable is passed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a hole in the bow of a ship, through which the anchor rope or cable passes.
- n. the hole that an anchor rope passes through
“At last she stopped; at last the cable rattled through the hawsehole; and then, careless of the chance of lurking Spaniard or”
“Her brother snapped his safety harness to the lifeline, stepped out of the hawsehole and ran down the slope of the rescue line toward Resolute .”
“Lay them on the hawsehole, forward, by the sea rats.”
“But like a circus ferret on the high wire, in the glare of searchlights and rocket flares, her brother darted ahead, stopped, darted ahead again, until he reached the hawsehole and the sea rats hauled him inside.”
“If the water reaches B deck, we may lose the ship, and I want you all to get forward to the chain locker, up the anchor chain to the hawsehole, and hold on tight.”
““Then we jump from the hawsehole and we swim for it.””
“Vincent met his sister at the hawsehole, astonished that she would leave the bridge in the midst of . . .”
“The pumping party was working its way down the row of bigger ships, but none of the Danes noticed the three men drop through the Christian VII's hawsehole onto the quay.”
“Thirty other seamen came to the lower deck and shipped the capstan bars, then began to trudge around and around, inching up the great anchor cable that came through the hawsehole, along the lower deck and down into the ship's belly.”
“From this it fell out we were the only passengers; the Captain, McMurtrie, was a silent, absorbed man, with the Glascow or Gaelic accent; the mates ignorant rough seafarers, come in through the hawsehole; and the Master and I were cast upon each others company.”
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