hawsehole (plural hawseholes)
- (nautical) The hole through which a ship's anchor rope is passed.
1986, Jean Boudriot, The Seventy-four Gun Ship, page 59:
- The bolsters can be seen outboard of the hawseholes, and the way they are cut away to permit the passage of the anchor-cables.
2002, David Sherman, Demontech, Book 1: Onslaught, page 21:
- Then he saw. a few feet aft of the hawsehole, a darker spot on the hull—someone had left a porthole open below the forecastle. in the hold that was the crews' quarters.
- 2004, Nelson H. Lawry, Glen M. Williford, Leo K. Polaski, Portsmouth Harbor's Military and Naval Heritage, page 86,
- Its overlapping steel plates and the empty hawseholes, from which the anchors will soon be suspended, are visible.
- (nautical) A hole in a ship through which a hawser is passed.
- (hole through which a hawser is passed): cathole
- come up through the hawsehole (serve time as a seaman before being promoted)