- that part of the bow of a ship containing the hawseholes
- the space between the bow of an anchored vessel and the point on the surface directly above the anchor
- the arrangement of the anchor cables when a ship is moored with both a starboard and a port anchor
Origin of hawseLate Middle English halse from Old Norse hals, the neck, part of the bow of a ship: see collar
- The part of a ship where the hawseholes are located.
- A hawsehole.
- The space between the bows and anchors of an anchored ship.
- The arrangement of a ship's anchor cables when both starboard and port anchors are secured.
Origin of hawseMiddle English hals forward curve of a strake probably from Old Norse hāls neck, ship's bow ; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (nautical) A position relative to the course and position of a vessel, somewhat forward of the stem.