- Tom,born 1956, U.S. film actor.
- a skein, as of thread or yarn.
- a definite length of thread or yarn: A hank of cotton yarn measures 840 yards.
- a coil, knot, or loop: a hank of hair.
- 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.
- Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.
Origin of hank
1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse hǫnk hank, coil, skein, clasp; akin to hang
- a male given name, form of Henry.
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Examples from the Web for hanks
Hanks appears as a talking head in several episodes of the series.CNN ’60s Series Looks at How the Kennedy-Nixon Debate Changed TV
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Not meeting Hanks prior, "helped the dynamics of the film and set the standard," says Abdi.Barkhad Abdi: From Limo Driver to Oscar Contender
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But alas, Hanks, a two-time Best Actor Oscar winner and five-time Oscar nominee, was completely shut out by the Academy.13 Oscar Nomination Shockers: Oprah, Tom Hanks, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ and More
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At the top of the corporation, of course, is Hanks, who takes on one of the biggest roles in Hollywood.‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Reveals the Battle Over Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’
October 21, 2013
Still, Hanks aside, none of those actors really carry enough star power for Broadway journeymen to cry foul this year.The Outsider’s Guide to the 2013 Tony Nominations
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He did the heavy work that really belonged to Hanks, so that Carl might escape it.
Fred was in the drying room at the time, and Hanks was up after a roll of cloth.
"That's your work," said Hanks, cooling down at Fred's determined tone and manner.
Hanks had been taking a steady look at the lugger through his spy-glass.
“There seems to be two brace of them,” said Hanks, laughing.
- Tom. born 1956, US film actor: his films include Splash (1984), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and The Terminal (2004)
- a loop, coil, or skein, as of rope, wool, or yarn
- nautical a ringlike fitting that can be opened to admit a stay for attaching the luff of a sail
- 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
- (tr) nautical to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hanka to coil, Swedish hank string
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Word Origin and History for hanks
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