Definition of hawser in English:

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hawser

Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːzə/

noun

A thick rope or cable for mooring or towing a ship.
Example sentences
  • Many of the ship's 625 passengers peered at the spectacle below, as the ship was moored along the pier and held by thick hawsers.
  • Fortunately, her dogs were tied to a tree by what appeared to be old tug hawsers.
  • The captain and his crew abandoned ship in the boats and ran a hawser to anchor the Shuna's bow to the shore.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French haucer, from Old French haucier 'to hoist', based on Latin altus 'high'.

Words that rhyme with hawser

causer

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: haw¦ser

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