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hawser

[haw-zer, -ser] /ˈhɔ zər, -sər/
noun, Nautical
1.
a heavy rope for mooring or towing.
Origin of hawser
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English haucer < Anglo-French hauceour, equivalent to Middle French hauci(er) to hoist (< Late Latin *altiāre to raise, derivative of Latin altus high; see haughty) + -our -or2, -er2
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British Dictionary definitions for hawser

hawser

/ˈhɔːzə/
noun
1.
(nautical) a large heavy rope
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French hauceour, from Old French haucier to hoist, ultimately from Latin altus high
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Word Origin and History for hawser
n.

"large rope used for mooring, towing, etc.," late 13c., from Anglo-French haucer, from Old French halcier, haucier, literally "hoister," from Vulgar Latin *altiare, alteration of Late Latin altare "make high," from altus "high" (see old). Altered in English on mistaken association with hawse and perhaps haul.

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