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[hawz-pahyp, haws-] /ˈhɔzˌpaɪp, ˈhɔs-/
noun, Nautical.
an iron or steel pipe in the stem or bow of a vessel through which an anchor cable passes.
Origin of hawsepipe
First recorded in 1860-65; hawse + pipe1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Rose, with foam midway to the hawsepipe, went shearing alongside the barque within pistol shot.

  • Thus Mr hawsepipe, in as authoritative a tone as though he were the first luff of a 120-gun ship.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • We accordingly returned to the deck and summoned hawsepipe and the doctor to our assistance.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • hawsepipe evidently knew how to construct a raft upon scientific principles.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
  • Some time during the night I was awakened by hawsepipe, whose trick at the helm it was.

    Under the Meteor Flag Harry Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for hawsepipe


(nautical) a strong metal pipe through which an anchor rope passes Often shortened to hawse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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