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hawse·hole

 (hôz′hōl′)
n.
An opening in the bow of a ship through which a cable or hawser is passed.
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hawsehole

(ˈhɔːzˌhəʊl)
n
(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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hawse•hole

(ˈhɔzˌhoʊl, ˈhɔs-)

n.
a hole in the stem or bow of a vessel for an anchor cable.
[1655–65]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hawsehole - the hole that an anchor rope passes throughhawsehole - the hole that an anchor rope passes through
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something
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In a few moments a heavier sea was raised than I had ever seen, and as it was directly ahead, [...], and all the forward part of her was under water; the sea pouring in through the bow-ports and hawsehole and over the knight-heads, threatening to wash everything overboard.
Delano has moments of seeming fluency, to be sure: he successfully interprets the "baked" lips of the slaves as evidence of the ship's lack of water (49); he even reads the person of Captain Benito Cereno with close-grained scrutiny: "Eyeing Don Benito's small, yellow hands, he easily inferred that the young captain had not got into command at the hawsehole, but the cabin-window" (58, emphasis added).
Women's figures, buxom and of proud bearing, stand amid flowers that circled the hawsehole of the ship.