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hawse n : the hole that an anchor rope passes through [syn: hawsehole, hawsepipe]

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  1. The part of the bow containing the hawseholes; the hole through which the cable or rode passes.
  2. The area between an anchored vessel's bows and the actual position of her anchor(s), a region determined in size by the scope and catenary of the rode and over which the vessel has certain rights of way.


  1. A position relative to the course and position of a vessel, somewhat forward of the stem.


  1. Said of a vessel lying to two anchors, streamed from either bow.
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