1. Tom,born 1956, U.S. film actor.


  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)

  1. Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.


  1. a male given name, form of Henry.


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


  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


  1. (tr) nautical to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks

late 13c., probably from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse honk, hank “clasp, hank,” related to hang (v.).

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