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[hawz-hohl, haws-]
noun Nautical.
  1. a hole in the stem or bow of a vessel for an anchor cable.
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Origin of hawsehole

First recorded in 1655–65
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Historical Examples of hawsehole

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hawsehole


  1. nautical one of the holes in the upper part of the bows of a vessel through which the anchor ropes passOften shortened to: hawse
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