hawser

noun

haw·​ser ˈhȯ-zər How to pronounce hawser (audio)
: a large rope for towing, mooring, or securing a ship

Examples of hawser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spaghetti-thin shoelaces, sturdy hawsers, silk cravats — all are routinely tied in knots. Quanta Magazine, 9 Dec. 2013

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French haucer, from Anglo-French halcer, haucer to raise, hoist, from Vulgar Latin *altiare, from Latin altus high — more at old

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hawser was in the 13th century

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“Hawser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hawser. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hawser

noun
haw·​ser ˈhȯ-zər How to pronounce hawser (audio)
: a large rope for towing or tying up a ship
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