American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cable or rope used in mooring or towing a ship.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a cable; especially, a small cable, or a large rope in size between a cable and a tow-line, used in warping, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A large rope made of three strands each containing many yarns.
- n. large heavy rope for nautical use
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman haucer, from Old French haucier, to hoist, from Vulgar Latin *altiāre, alteration of Late Latin altāre, from Latin altus, high; see al-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word hawser has nothing whatever to do with the verb to hoist; neither does the ` N.E.D. 'say that it has.”
“The hawser is a thick rope, or cable, to which the lifebuoy is suspended when in action.”
“I was concerned that the standard garage door was not secure enough and wanted to give him extra locking facility for the cycle - so I screwed a padlock type hasp into the wall inside the garage - then provided a steel 'hawser' type rope (from a cycle shop) for him to lock the bike up to, which threaded through the large hasp.”
“I, too, by this time, was standing on the big hawser-bitts in a position to see a man in the water who seemed deliberately swimming away from the ship.”
“Instead, however, I gave her still more hawser, veered her, and dropped the second anchor.”
“By two in the morning our shrouds were thrumming in a piping breeze, and I got up and gave her more scope on her hawser.”
“We bent all our spare lines; we unrove sheets and halyards; we used our two-inch hawser; we fastened lines part way up the mast, half way up, and everywhere else.”
“Wriggling close to the hawser, he opened his jack-knife and went to work.”
“While this was being done, the boat plied back and forth between the two vessels, passing a heavy hawser, which was made fast to the great towing-bitts on the schooner's forecastle-head.”
“He saw the Mary Thomas swing abruptly into line as she took the pressure from the hawser, and her side-lights, red and green, rose and fell as she was towed through the sea.”
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