Hawser
Hawser Haws"er (h[add]z"[~e]r or h[add]s"[~e]r), n. [From F. hausser to lift, raise (cf. OF. hausser['e]e towpath, towing, F. haussi[`e]re hawser), LL. altiare, fr. L. altus high. See {Haughty}.] A large rope made of three strands each containing many yarns. [1913 Webster]

Note: Three hawsers twisted together make a cable; but it nautical usage the distinction between cable and hawser is often one of size rather than of manufacture. [1913 Webster]

{Hawser iron}, a calking iron. [1913 Webster]


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  • Hawser — is a nautical term for a thick cable or rope used in mooring or towing a ship. [The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, third edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, p. 830 (ISBN 0 395 44895 6)] [cite web|url=… …   Wikipedia

  • hawser — large rope used for mooring, towing, etc., late 13c., from Anglo Fr. haucer, from O.Fr. halcier, haucier, lit. hoister, from V.L. *altiare, alteration of L.L. altare make high, from altus high (see OLD (Cf. old)). Altered in English on mistaken… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hawser — ► NOUN ▪ a thick rope or cable for mooring or towing a ship. ORIGIN from Old French haucier to hoist , from Latin altus high …   English terms dictionary

  • hawser — [hô′zər, hô′sər] n. [ME haucer < Anglo Fr hauceour < OFr haucier < VL * altiare < L altus, high: see ALTITUDE] a large rope used for towing or mooring a ship …   English World dictionary

  • hawser — UK [ˈhɔːzə(r)] / US [ˈhɔzər] noun [countable] Word forms hawser : singular hawser plural hawsers a heavy cable or rope that is used for tying up or pulling a ship …   English dictionary

  • hawser — noun a cable or heavy rope used to tow or moor a ship The hawser was as taut as a bowstring so strong she pulled upon her anchor …   Wiktionary

  • hawser — [[t]hɔ͟ːzə(r)[/t]] hawsers N COUNT A hawser is a large heavy rope, especially one used on a ship …   English dictionary

  • hawser — noun 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 Date: 13th century a large rope for towing, mooring, or securing a ship …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hawser — 1) a strong rope or cable 2) a line attached to the tucking line and horn of a capelin net to keep the horn in place (Newfoundland) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • hawser — /haw zeuhr, seuhr/, n. Naut. a heavy rope for mooring or towing. [1300 50; ME haucer < AF hauceour, equiv. to MF hauci(er) to hoist ( < LL *altiare to raise, deriv. of L altus high; see HAUGHTY) + our OR2, ER2] * * * …   Universalium

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