verb (used without object), hawsed, haws·ing.
Origin of hawse
Examples from the Web for hawse
In one of the squalls, the cable by which the Resolution was riding, parted just without the hawse.
Hawse, hawz, n. the part of a vessel's bow in which the hawse-holes are cut.
Hawse′-holes, the holes in a ship's bow through which the cables pass.
That it was a sign, sir, that it was a bad hour to cross your hawse.Rodney Stone|Arthur Conan Doyle
But luck was against me; I ran athwart the hawse of a Dutch officer; put a bullet into him, and got locked up.In Strange Company|Guy Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for hawse
Word Origin for hawse
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.