[ hawz-pahyp, haws- ]

  1. an iron or steel pipe in the stem or bow of a vessel through which an anchor cable passes.

Origin of hawsepipe

First recorded in 1860–65; hawse + pipe1

Words Nearby hawsepipe

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How to use hawsepipe in a sentence

  • Some time during the night I was awakened by hawsepipe, whose trick at the helm it was.

    Under the Meteor Flag | Harry Collingwood
  • Thus Mr hawsepipe, in as authoritative a tone as though he were the first luff of a 120-gun ship.

    Under the Meteor Flag | Harry Collingwood
  • We accordingly returned to the deck and summoned hawsepipe and the doctor to our assistance.

    Under the Meteor Flag | Harry Collingwood
  • hawsepipe evidently knew how to construct a raft upon scientific principles.

    Under the Meteor Flag | Harry Collingwood
  • The Rose, with foam midway to the hawsepipe, went shearing alongside the barque within pistol shot.

British Dictionary definitions for hawsepipe


/ (ˈhɔːzˌpaɪp) /

  1. nautical a strong metal pipe through which an anchor rope passes: Often shortened to: hawse

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