hank definition

  • noun:
    • A coil or cycle.
    • Nautical A ring on a-stay connected to the mind of a jib or staysail.
    • A looped bundle, as of yarn.
    • A coil or loop of anything, specially twine, yarn, or rope
    • A ring or shackle that secures a staysail to its stay and permits the sail to glide effortlessly along.
    • doubt, difficulty
    • mess, tangle
    • A parcel composed of two or more skeins of yarn or bond tied up collectively.
    • A rope or withe for attaching a gate.
    • Hold; influence.
    • A ring or eye of rope, timber, or metal, attached to the edge of a sail and running on a stay.
    • A throw where a wrestler transforms his left part to their adversary, twines his left leg about their opponent's correct knee from inside, and tosses him backwards.
    • A skein or coil of yarn or bond; more specifically, a definite amount of yarn, thread, silk, and/or like bound up in a single or even more skeins. A hank of cotton yarn is 840 yards; a hank of linen yarn is 3,000 yards.
    • A string; a tie; a clasp; a hold; a collar, sequence, ring, or other means of fastening.
    • Specifically Nautical, a ring of lumber or metal (formerly of line) fastened round a fore-and-aft stay, and achieving the top of a jib or stay-sail seized to it. Iron hanks are utilized on line stays, and wood ones on rope stays.
    • A withy or line for fastening a gate.
    • A handle.
    • A habit or rehearse.
    • a coil of rope or wool or yarn
  • verb:
    • to make into hanks.
    • To fasten with a rope, as a gate.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To fasten with a rope, as a gate.
    • To form into hanks.
  • others:
    • To fasten in the shape of a rope or cable: draw or compress firmly.
    • [⟨ hank, n.] To make into hanks, as yarn.
    • to hold.
    • Same as hanker.

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