hank

n.

  1. A parcel consisting of two or more skeins of yarn or thread tied together.
  2. A rope or withe for fastening a gate.
  3. Hold; influence.
  4. A ring or eye of rope, wood, or iron, attached to the edge of a sail and running on a stay.

v. t.

  1. To fasten with a rope, as a gate.
  2. To form into hanks.