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Definition of Hawse

Hawse

  1. A hawse hole.
  2. The situation of the cables when a vessel is moored with two anchors, one on the starboard, the other on the port bow.
  3. The distance ahead to which the cables usually extend; as, the ship has a clear or open hawse, or a foul hawse; to anchor in our hawse, or athwart hawse.
  4. That part of a vessel's bow in which are the hawse holes for the cables.
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