AskDefine | Define hawsehole

Dictionary Definition

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

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  1. The hole through which a ship's anchor rode is passed.

Extensive Definition

Hawsehole is a nautical term for a small hole in the hull of a ship through which hawsers may be passed. Also known as a cat hole. In the British Navy, an officer who had served as a seaman before being promoted was said to have "come in through the hawsehole."


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