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
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.