a coil or skein of yarn, hair, rope, or other material.
a thick hank of her blonde hair
a measurement of the length per unit mass of cloth or yarn, which varies according to the type being measured. For example, a hank is equal to 840 yards for cotton yarn and 560 yards for worsted.
This enables the dyer to create hanks of yarn that aren't too tightly wound together, ensuring that the dye bath can penetrate all of the fibres and preventing streaking.
a ring for securing a staysail to the stay.
A hank is provided for rapidly attaching a sail to a stay.