from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cable or rope used in mooring or towing a ship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a cable or heavy rope used to tow or moor a ship
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large rope made of three strands each containing many yarns.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)