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for Foul hawse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Hawse \Hawse\ (h[add]z or h[add]s; 277), n. [Orig. a hawse hole,
or hole in the bow of the ship; cf. Icel. hals, h[=a]ls,
neck, part of the bows of a ship, AS. heals neck. See
Collar, and cf. Halse to embrace.]
1. A hawse hole. --Harris.
(a) The situation of the cables when a vessel is moored
with two anchors, one on the starboard, the other on
the port bow.
(b) 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.
(c) That part of a vessel's bow in which are the hawse
holes for the cables.
Athwart hawse. See under Athwart.
Foul hawse, a hawse in which the cables cross each other,
or are twisted together.
Hawse block, a block used to stop up a hawse hole at sea;
-- called also hawse plug.
Hawse piece, one of the foremost timbers of a ship, through
which the hawse hole is cut.
Hawse plug. Same as Hawse block (above).
To come in at the hawse holes, to enter the naval service
at the lowest grade. [Cant]
To freshen the hawse, to veer out a little more cable and
bring the chafe and strain on another part.
[1913 Webster] hawsehole
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