A thick rope or cable for mooring or towing a ship.
More 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.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French haucer, from Old French haucier 'to hoist', based on Latin altus 'high'.
Definition of hawser in:
- The US English dictionary