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Hanks

[hangks]
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noun
  1. Tom,born 1956, U.S. film actor.

hank

[hangk]
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)
  1. 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
Related formsun·hanked, adjective

Hank

[hangk]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Henry.
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  • He did the heavy work that really belonged to Hanks, so that Carl might escape it.

    Under Fire

    Frank A. Munsey

  • Fred was in the drying room at the time, and Hanks was up after a roll of cloth.

    Under Fire

    Frank A. Munsey

  • "That's your work," said Hanks, cooling down at Fred's determined tone and manner.

    Under Fire

    Frank A. Munsey

  • Hanks had been taking a steady look at the lugger through his spy-glass.

    Salt Water

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • “There seems to be two brace of them,” said Hanks, laughing.

    Salt Water

    W. H. G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for hanks

Hanks

noun
  1. Tom. born 1956, US film actor: his films include Splash (1984), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and The Terminal (2004)

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
verb
  1. (tr) 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 hanks

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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