from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a hawser coiled in a boat, and carried from a vessel to any distant object for the purpose of warping the vessel toward the object: so called from the necessity of guessing the distance, and consequently the length of the hawser.
  • n. Any rope by which a boat is secured astern of or alongside a ship.


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