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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
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  • 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

/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
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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