Definition of hawser in English:

hawser

noun

  • A thick rope or cable for mooring or towing a ship.

    • ‘The anchor cable plunged into the water beside him, and he laid a hand on the thick hawser.’
    • ‘The bow is equally imposing, with two extremely large anchors still in their hawsers and a great deal of machinery and portholes to see.’
    • ‘It is held up with steel hawsers against the storms.’
    • ‘The docks were littered with greasy, untidily coiled hawsers, tools, cargo and refuse.’
    • ‘The captain and his crew abandoned ship in the boats and ran a hawser to anchor the Shuna's bow to the shore.’
    • ‘Fortunately, her dogs were tied to a tree by what appeared to be old tug hawsers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We picked up the rope immediately: a hefty old hawser that leads you out from the shore for about 100m.’
    • ‘He managed to get a line and hawser ashore, across which some 40 men scrambled to safety.’
    • ‘Thicker hawsers followed, and it took no more than a few minutes to wrap them around the mooring bollards.’
    • ‘The bow is impressive and very photogenic, with the exposed starboard anchor still housed and its hawser and mooring bollards easily distinguishable.’
    twine, cord, yarn, thread, strand, fibre
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

hawser

/ˈhɔzər//ˈhôzər/