hawser

noun
haw·​ser | \ ˈhȯ-zər How to pronounce hawser (audio) \

Definition of hawser

: 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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First Known Use of hawser

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hawser

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

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“Hawser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hawser. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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hawser

noun
haw·​ser | \ ˈhȯ-zər How to pronounce hawser (audio) \

Kids Definition of hawser

: a large rope for towing or tying up a ship

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