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Definitions for hawse
hɔz, hɔshawse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hawse, hawsehole, hawsepipenoun

    the hole that an anchor rope passes through


  1. hawsenoun

    The part of the bow containing the hawseholes.

  2. hawsenoun

    A hawsehole or hawsepipe.

  3. hawsenoun

    The horizontal distance or area between an anchored vessel's bows and the actual position of her anchor(s).

  4. hawseadverb

    Said of a vessel lying to two anchors, streamed from either bow.

  5. hawseadjective

    A position relative to the course and position of a vessel, somewhat forward of the stem.


  1. hawse

    A hawse is a nautical term referring to the arrangement of anchor chain or rope on a ship. Specifically, it is the part of the bow where the hawseholes (openings through which the ship's anchor chains pass) are located. It can also refer to the distance between the ship's bow and its anchor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hawsenoun

    a hawse hole

  2. Hawsenoun

    the situation of the cables when a vessel is moored with two anchors, one on the starboard, the other on the port bow

  3. Hawsenoun

    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

  4. Hawsenoun

    that part of a vessel's bow in which are the hawse holes for the cables

  5. Etymology: [Orig. a hawse hole, or hole in the bow of the ship; cf. Icel. hals, hls, neck, part of the bows of a ship, AS. heals neck. See Collar, and cf. Halse to embrace.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hawse

    hawz, n. the part of a vessel's bow in which the hawse-holes are cut.—n.pl. Hawse′-holes, the holes in a ship's bow through which the cables pass.—ns. Hawse′-pipe, an iron pipe fitted into a hawse-hole, to save the wood; Hawse′-tim′ber, one of the upright timbers in the bow in which the hawse-holes are cut. [Ice. háls, the neck.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hawse

    This is a term of great meaning. Strictly, it is that part of a vessel's bow where holes are cut for her cables to pass through. It is also generally understood to imply the situation of the cables before the ship's stem, when she is moored with two anchors out from forward, one on the starboard, and the other on the port bow. It also denotes any small distance between her head and the anchors employed to ride her, as "he has anchored in our hawse," "the brig fell athwart our hawse," &c. Also, said of a vessel a little in advance of the stem; as, she sails athwart hawse, or has anchored in the hawse. If a vessel drives at her anchors into the hawse of another she is said to "foul the hawse" of the vessel riding there; hence the threat of a man-of-war's-man, "If you foul my hawse, I'll cut your cable," no merchant vessel being allowed to approach a ship-of-war within certain limits, and never to make fast to the government buoys.--A bold hawse is when the holes are high above the water. "Freshen hawse," or "veer out more cable," is said when part of the cable that lies in the hawse is fretted or chafed, and more should be veered out, so that another part of it may rest in the hawse. "Freshen hawse" also means, clap a service on or round the cable in the hawses to prevent it from fretting; hemp cables only are rounded or cackled. Also, a dram after fatiguing duty. "Clearing hawse," is untwisting or disentangling two cables that come through different holes, and make a foul hawse.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HAWSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hawse is ranked #59324 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hawse surname appeared 341 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hawse.

    88.8% or 303 total occurrences were White.
    6.4% or 22 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. shewa

  2. whase

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hawse in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hawse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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