hawser


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haw·ser

 (hô′zər)
n.
A cable or rope used in mooring or towing a ship.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman haucer, from Old French haucier, to hoist, from Vulgar Latin *altiāre, alteration of Late Latin altāre, from Latin altus, high; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

hawser

(ˈhɔːzə) (ˈhɔːlsə) or

halser

n
(Nautical Terms) nautical a large heavy rope
[C14: from Anglo-French hauceour, from Old French haucier to hoist, ultimately from Latin altus high]

haw•ser

(ˈhɔ zər, -sər)

n.
a heavy rope for mooring or towing.
[1300–50; Middle English haucer < Anglo-French hauceour= Middle French hauci(er) to hoist (< Late Latin *altiāre to raise, derivative of Latin altus high; see haughty) + -our -or2, -er2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hawser - large heavy rope for nautical usehawser - large heavy rope for nautical use  
rope - a strong line
Translations
حَبْل سَميك
vlečné lano
kabeltrosse
hajókötél
landfesti
trose
halatpalamar

hawser

[ˈhɔːzəʳ] Nguindaleza f, calabrote m

hawser

[ˈhɔːzər] n (= cable) → haussière f, aussière f

hawser

n (Naut) → Trosse f

hawser

(ˈhoːzə) noun
a thick rope or a steel cable for towing ships or tying them to a dock etc.
References in classic literature ?
First she loomed before me like a blot of something yet blacker than darkness, then her spars and hull began to take shape, and the next moment, as it seemed (for, the farther I went, the brisker grew the current of the ebb), I was alongside of her hawser and had laid hold.
The hawser was as taut as a bowstring, and the current so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
There are no waves lapping, but only a steady swirl of water softly running against the hawser.
You had better put another bight of a hawser astern, Mr.
Sir, -- I lie here with my hawser up and down, and send my cabin-boy to informe.
And he would force you too to take the end of his own wire hawser, for the use of which there was of course an extra charge.
The wire hawser between her and the Diana, stretched as taut as a harpstring, vibrated alarmingly.
Cutting the great cable into pieces, such as I could move, I got two cables and a hawser on shore, with all the ironwork I could get; and having cut down the spritsail-yard, and the mizzen- yard, and everything I could, to make a large raft, I loaded it with all these heavy goods, and came away.
She walked helplessly around the harbour filled with vessels, and knocked against hawsers.
Then the men loosed the hawsers and took their places on the benches.
When they had come inside the harbour they furled the sails and laid them in the ship's hold; they slackened the forestays, lowered the mast into its place, and rowed the ship to the place where they would have her lie; there they cast out their mooring-stones and made fast the hawsers.
The oyster pirates lay snugly together at short hawsers, the weather being fine, and they protested loudly at our ignorance in putting out such an unwarranted length of anchor-chain.