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Dictionary Definition

hank n : a coil of rope or wool or yarn

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  1. a coil or loop of something, especially twine, yarn, or rope
  2. a metal ring attached to the end of a rope to allow it to slide or turn


  • Japanese: (わ, wa) (1), 帆環 (はんかん, hankan) (2)

Extensive Definition

In the textile industry, a hank refers to a unit of yarn or twine that is in a coiled form. This is often the best form for use with hand looms, compared to the cone form needed for power looms. Hanks come in a fixed length depending on the type of material, so the term hank is sometimes used as a unit of measure. For instance, a hank of linen is 270 meters, and a hank of cotton or silk is 770 meters. In beads, 1 hank = 3.333 fathoms = 6.667 yards = 20 feet = 6096mm = 609.6cm = 6.096 meters.


hank in Aymara: Juñi
hank in Czech: Přadeno
hank in Italian: Matassa

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