[hawz-hohl, haws-]

noun Nautical.

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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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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