Hanks

Hanks

[hangks]
noun
Tom, born 1956, U.S. film actor.
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hank

[hangk]
noun
1.
a skein, as of thread or yarn.
2.
a definite length of thread or yarn: A hank of cotton yarn measures 840 yards.
3.
a coil, knot, or loop: a hank of hair.
4.
Nautical. a ring, link, or shackle for securing the luff of a staysail or jib to its stay or the luff or head of a gaff sail to the mast or gaff.
verb (used with object)
5.
Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse hǫnk hank, coil, skein, clasp; akin to hang

unhanked, adjective

Hank

[hangk]
noun
a male given name, form of Henry.
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hank (hæŋk)
 
n
1.  a loop, coil, or skein, as of rope, wool, or yarn
2.  nautical a ringlike fitting that can be opened to admit a stay for attaching the luff of a sail
3.  a unit of measurement of cloth, yarn, etc, such as a length of 840 yards (767 m) of cotton or 560 yards (512 m) of worsted yarn
 
vb
4.  (tr) nautical to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks
 
[C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hanka to coil, Swedish hank string]

Hanks (hæŋks)
 
n
Tom. born 1956, US film actor: his films include Splash (1984), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and The Terminal (2004)

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hank
1294, probably from O.N. honk, hank "clasp, hank," related to hang.
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