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An opening in the bow of a ship through which a cable or hawser is passed.
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(Nautical Terms) nautical one of the holes in the upper part of the bows of a vessel through which the anchor ropes pass. Often shortened to: hawse
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a hole in the stem or bow of a vessel for an anchor cable.
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