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hank

[hangk] /hæŋk/
noun
1.
a skein, as of thread or yarn.
2.
a definite length of thread or yarn:
A hank of cotton yarn measures 840 yards.
3.
a coil, knot, or loop:
a hank of hair.
4.
Nautical. a ring, link, or shackle for securing the luff of a staysail or jib to its stay or the luff or head of a gaff sail to the mast or gaff.
verb (used with object)
5.
Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.
Origin of hank
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old Norse hǫnk hank, coil, skein, clasp; akin to hang
Related forms
unhanked, adjective

Hank

[hangk] /hæŋk/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Henry.

Aaron

[air-uh n, ar-] /ˈɛər ən, ˈær-/
noun
1.
the older brother of Moses, usually regarded as the first high priest of the Hebrews. Ex. 28; 40:13–16.
2.
Henry Louis ("Hank") born 1934, U.S. baseball player.
3.
a male given name.

Greenberg

[green-burg] /ˈgrin bɜrg/
noun
1.
Henry B ("Hank") 1911–86, U.S. baseball player.
2.
Joseph Harold, 1915–2001, U.S. linguist.

Luisetti

[loo-set-ee] /luˈsɛt i/
noun
1.
Angelo ("Hank") 1916–2002, U.S. basketball player.
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  • The trousers which had lain on the floor beside hank's bed were no longer there.

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  • Whatever other failings might be his, there was no great cowardice in hank Rainer.

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  • The hands of hank Rainer fell suddenly, but now lower than his beard.

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  • The story of hank Rainer had been told in half a dozen words.

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  • After his explanation hank withdrew to the darkest corner of the room and was silent.

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British Dictionary definitions for hank

hank

/hæŋk/
noun
1.
a loop, coil, or skein, as of rope, wool, or yarn
2.
(nautical) a ringlike fitting that can be opened to admit a stay for attaching the luff of a sail
3.
a unit of measurement of cloth, yarn, etc, such as a length of 840 yards (767 m) of cotton or 560 yards (512 m) of worsted yarn
verb
4.
(transitive) (nautical) to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks
Word Origin
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hanka to coil, Swedish hank string

Aaron

/ˈɛərən/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the first high priest of the Israelites, brother of Moses (Exodus 4:14)
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Word Origin and History for hank
n.

late 13c., probably from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse honk, hank "clasp, hank," related to hang (v.).

Aaron

masc. proper name, in the Old Testament the brother of Moses, from Hebrew Aharon, probably of Egyptian origin. The Arabic form is Harun. Aaron's beard as a type of herb is from 1540s.

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