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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pull or drag forcibly; tug. See Synonyms at pull.
  • transitive v. To transport, as with a truck or cart.
  • transitive v. Informal To compel to go, especially for trial: "hauled the huge companies into court” ( Peter Matthiessen).
  • transitive v. Nautical To change the course of (a ship), especially in order to sail closer into the wind.
  • intransitive v. To pull; tug.
  • intransitive v. To provide transportation; cart.
  • intransitive v. To shift direction: The wind hauled to the east.
  • intransitive v. To change one's mind.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To change the course of a ship.
  • n. The act of pulling or dragging.
  • n. The act of transporting or carting.
  • n. A distance, especially the distance over which something is pulled or transported.
  • n. Something that is pulled or transported; a load.
  • n. Everything collected or acquired by a single effort; the take: a big haul of fish.
  • haul off Informal To draw back slightly, as in preparation for initiating an action: "hauled off and smacked the hapless aide across the face” ( Bill Barol).
  • haul off Informal To shift operations to a new place; to move away.
  • haul up To come to a halt.
  • idiom haul ass Vulgar Slang To move quickly: We'll be late if you don't haul ass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To carry something; to transport something, with a connotation that the item is heavy or otherwise difficult to move.
  • v. To pull or draw something heavy.
  • v. To steer a vessel closer to the wind.
  • v. To shift fore (more towards the bow).
  • v. To pull.
  • n. A long drive, especially transporting/hauling heavy cargo.
  • n. An amount of something that has been taken, especially of fish or illegal loot.
  • n. A pulling with force; a violent pull.
  • n. A bundle of many threads, to be tarred.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pulling with force; a violent pull.
  • n. A single draught of a net.
  • n. That which is caught, taken, or gained at once, as by hauling a net.
  • n. Transportation by hauling; the distance through which anything is hauled, as freight in a railroad car.
  • n. A bundle of about four hundred threads, to be tarred.
  • intransitive v. To change the direction of a ship by hauling the wind. See under haul, v. t.
  • intransitive v. To pull apart, as oxen sometimes do when yoked.
  • transitive v. To pull or draw with force; to drag.
  • transitive v. To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pull or draw with force; move or transport by drawing; drag: as, to haul down the sails; to haul in the boom; to haul a load of wood.
  • Synonyms Drag, Draw, etc. See draw.
  • To pull or tug; endeavor to drag something: as, to haul at a heavy load.
  • Nautical, to alter a ship's course; change the direction of sailing; move on a new course; hence, to sail, in general.
  • To shift, veer, or change, as the wind.
  • To draw off or away; withdraw, as from a movement or scheme.
  • n. A pulling with force; a pull; a tug.
  • n. In fishing: The draft of a net: as, to catch so many fish at a haul.
  • n. The place where a seine is hauled.
  • n. That which is taken or obtained by hauling; specifically, the number or quantity of fish taken in one haul of a seine; a catch.
  • n. Hence Any valuable acquisition; a “find.”
  • n. The distance and route over which something is hauled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of drawing or hauling something
  • n. the quantity that was caught
  • v. draw slowly or heavily
  • v. transport in a vehicle

Etymologies

Middle English haulen, from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English haulen, halen, halien ("to drag, fetch, compel, summon"), partly from Old English *halian, holian ("to haul, drag"); partly from Old French haler ("to pull, haul"), from Frankish *halōn (“to haul, drag, fetch”) or Old Dutch halen ("to haul, drag, fetch"); all from Proto-Germanic *halōnan, *hulōnan, *halēnan (“to call, fetch, summon”), from Proto-Indo-European *kel(a)-, *kala- (“to call, shout, sound”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian halia ("to get, fetch"), Dutch halen ("to fetch, bring, haul"), Low German halen ("to draw, pull"), German holen ("to get, fetch"), Danish hale ("to haul"), Swedish hala ("to haul, pull, tug, hale"). Related also to Old English ġeholian ("to get, obtain"). (Wiktionary)

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