One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The part of a ship's bows through which the anchor cables pass.
- ‘I need to find a way to make the two anchor chain hawses water tight.’
- ‘I don't believe anyone makes stainless hawses for these winches, so there is a bit of a gap in the market.’
- ‘To see these hawses in use, check out the Titanic sea trial photos.’
- ‘The hook held the anchor chain so that it was slack on the bow roller, while the two eye-splices were passed through two hawses.’
- 1.1 The space between the head of an anchored vessel and the anchors.
- ‘I'll teach them to come across my hawse.’
- ‘Nothing would suit Nelson but this four-decked ship, so we crossed the hawse of about six of them, and were abreast of her.’
- ‘When a ship is moored, she is often thought to be in such a state of security, that the keeping a clear hawse is too often neglected.’
Late Middle English halse, probably from Old Norse háls ‘neck, ship's bow’.
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