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  Dictionary Definition of hawse

hawse
noun
1. the part of a ship's bow having holes for the cables to pass through.
2. a hawsehole.
3. the space between the stem of a ship at anchor and the anchors.
4. the situation of a ship's cables when she is moored with both bow anchors: a clear hawse.
[ME halse, probably from Scandinavian; cf. Icel. hals part of ship's bow, front sheet of sail, lit. neck, c. OE hals neck]