- the part of a bow where the hawseholes are located.
- a hawsehole or hawsepipe.
- the distance or space between the bow of an anchored vessel and the point on the surface of the water above the anchor.
- the relative position or arrangement of the port and starboard anchor cables when both are used to moor a vessel.
- (of a vessel) to pitch heavily at anchor.
- to hawse, with both bow anchors out: a ship riding to hawse.
Origin of hawse
Examples from the Web for hawse
That cursed Spanish ship ahead is heaving-to athwart our hawse.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The hawse hole for the chain cable is fitted as has not been seen before.If, Yes and Perhaps
Edward Everett Hale
The “hawse” of a ship is that part of the bows where the “hawse-holes” are made.
Said well never get the hawsers to run out with them bugs in the hawse pipes.The Sea and the Jungle
H. M. Tomlinson
You ride my hawse, Mr. Cameron, and Ill sit in yere and drive.Ruth Fielding at Silver Ranch
Alice B. Emerson
- (intr) (of a vessel) to pitch violently when at anchor
Word Origin and History for hawse
part of a ship's bow (containing the hawse-holes), late 15c., from Old English or Old Norse hals "part of a ship's prow," literally "neck" (see collar). Respelled with -aw- late 1500s.