American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pull or drag forcibly; tug. See Synonyms at pull.
- v. To transport, as with a truck or cart.
- v. Informal To compel to go, especially for trial: "hauled the huge companies into court” ( Peter Matthiessen).
- v. Nautical To change the course of (a ship), especially in order to sail closer into the wind.
- v. To pull; tug.
- v. To provide transportation; cart.
- v. To shift direction: The wind hauled to the east.
- v. To change one's mind.
- 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.
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.
- 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. nautical To steer a vessel closer to the wind.
- v. nautical, of the wind To shift fore (more towards the bow).
- v. figuratively 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pull or draw with force; to drag.
- v. To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen.
- v. (Naut.) To change the direction of a ship by hauling the wind. See under haul, v. t.
- v. To pull apart, as oxen sometimes do when yoked.
- 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. (Rope Making) A bundle of about four hundred threads, to be tarred.
- n. the act of drawing or hauling something
- n. the quantity that was caught
- v. draw slowly or heavily
- v. transport in a vehicle
- 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)
- 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)
“Boston Celtics on Tuesday morning, saying the sole reason he came to Boston was to try to add to his title haul and is willing to play any role Doc Rivers envisions for him.”
“United captured their 18th league crown to equal Liverpool's record and Torres now fears their arch-rivals will increase their title haul unless Benitez signs someone with the genius of Rooney.”
“Maybe some of us just don't want to accept that the mancs will equal our title haul this season.”
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“* Brutal column from Jon Ralston, who argues that Angle's massive fundraising haul is being financed by "hatred.”
“Recounting the Americans 'medal haul from the Games”
“That's the only way you're going to win majors over the long haul is to give yourself chances.”
“Short haul is better handled by well-located regional airports.”
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