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hank

[hangk]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.
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Origin of hank

1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse hǫnk hank, coil, skein, clasp; akin to hang
Related formsun·hanked, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hanked

Historical Examples

  • He cast better, he hanked oftener, and he disentangled more easily than he had done at an earlier period of the day.

    Freaks on the Fells

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Hannah Worth walked home, laden like a beast of burden, with an enormous bag of hanked yarn on her back.

    Ishmael

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • Once already the old gentleman had hanked on the bank a little lower down, but so slightly that a twitch brought the flies away.

    The Eagle Cliff

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for hanked

hank

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
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verb
  1. (tr) nautical to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks
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Word Origin

C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hanka to coil, Swedish hank string
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Word Origin and History for hanked

hank

n.

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

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