I. verb Etymology: Middle English halen to pull, from Anglo-French haler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch halen to pull; akin to Old English geholian to obtain Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to exert traction on ; draw <
haul a wagon
b. to obtain or move by or as if by hauling <
was hauled to parties night after night by his wife
c. to transport in a vehicle ; cart 2. to change the course of (a ship) especially so as to sail closer to the wind 3. to bring before an authority for interrogation or judgment ; hale <
haul traffic violators into court
intransitive verb 1. to exert traction ; pull 2. to move along ; proceed 3. to furnish transportation 4. of the wind shift II. noun Date: 1670 1. a. the act or process of hauling ; pull b. a device for hauling 2. a. the result of an effort to obtain, collect, or win <
the burglar's haul
b. the quantity of fish taken in a single draft of a net 3. a. transportation by hauling b. the length or course of a transportation route <
a long haul
c. a quantity transported ; load

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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