- a hole in the stem or bow of a vessel for an anchor cable.
Origin of hawsehole
First recorded in 1655–65
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They heard her anchor splash into the water, and then the rattle of her cable as it ran through the hawsehole.The British Expedition to the Crimea
William Howard Russell
- nautical one of the holes in the upper part of the bows of a vessel through which the anchor ropes passOften shortened to: hawse