Hawser meaning

hô'zər
A cable or rope used in mooring or towing a ship.
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A large rope used for towing or mooring a ship.
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(nautical) A cable or heavy rope used to tow or moor a ship.
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Origin of hawser

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman haucer from Old French haucier to hoist from Vulgar Latin altiāre alteration of Late Latin altāre from Latin altus high al-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman haucer, from Old French haucier, halcier, from Vulgar Latin *helciaria, from Latin helcium (“collar harness”). Altered in English on mistaken association with hawse and perhaps haul. Compare French aussière, haussière.
    From Wiktionary