- a skein, as of thread or yarn.
- a definite length of thread or yarn: A hank of cotton yarn measures 840 yards.
- a coil, knot, or loop: a hank of hair.
- 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)
- Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.
- a male given name, form of Henry.
- the older brother of Moses, usually regarded as the first high priest of the Hebrews. Ex. 28; 40:13–16.
- Henry LouisHank, born 1934, U.S. baseball player.
- a male given name.
- Henry B.Hank, 1911–86, U.S. baseball player.
- Joseph Harold,1915–2001, U.S. linguist.
- AngeloHank, 1916–2002, U.S. basketball player.
- a loop, coil, or skein, as of rope, wool, or yarn
- nautical a ringlike fitting that can be opened to admit a stay for attaching the luff of a sail
- 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
- (tr) nautical to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks
- Old Testament the first high priest of the Israelites, brother of Moses (Exodus 4:14)
late 13c., probably from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse honk, hank “clasp, hank,” related to hang (v.).
masc. proper name, in the Old Testament the brother of Moses, from Hebrew Aharon, probably of Egyptian origin. The Arabic form is Harun. Aaron’s beard as a type of herb is from 1540s.