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[haw-zer, -ser] /ˈhɔ zər, -sər/
noun, Nautical
a heavy rope for mooring or towing.
Origin of hawser
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 Unabridged
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  • Two attempts to pull the vessel off the beach have failed so far, the second time the towing hawser parted.
  • The hawser connection is simplified compared to more realistic and complicated one.
  • The turntable supports the rigid arm hinges, the cryogenic fluid swivels and the hawser attachment point.
  • Each anchor, exposed length of chain or cable, and hawser must be visually inspected before the barge begins each voyage.
British Dictionary definitions for hawser


(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

"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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