• WordNet 3.6
    • n hawser large heavy rope for nautical use
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hawser A large rope made of three strands each containing many yarns.☞ Three hawsers twisted together make a cable; but it nautical usage the distinction between cable and hawser is often one of size rather than of manufacture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hawser Nautical, a cable; especially, a small cable, or a large rope in size between a cable and a tow-line, used in warping, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hawser häz′ėr a small cable, a large rope used in warping
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From F. hausser, to lift, raise (cf. OF. hausserée, towpath, towing, F. haussière, hawser), LL. altiare, fr. L. altus, high. See Haughty
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. haucier, haulser, to raise—Low L. altiare—L. altus, high.


In literature:

There were some live pigs with immense tusks, and some tasajo in the hold, and a raft of pipes of tallow which a hawser towed behind.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
The last two cases had just been dumped on the deck, and two men leaped ashore, rushing for the shore-ends of the hawsers.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
The great hawsers that are used to pull the great ships, are made out of it.
"Fil and Filippa" by John Stuart Thomson
The "Sabine" came to anchor, and sent a hawser aboard the sinking "Governor.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
They've got a hawser bent on the other end.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Presently the strain on the hawser increased.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Tie hawsers to her stern and pull her off!
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
On the quay below him a negro policeman dozed against a hawser-post.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
A nine-inch hawser was sent to her, one end of the hawser being made fast to the Sachem.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
As a last resort, Porter now ordered a hawser to be made fast to an anchor which was still left.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
A turn of her propeller the other way caused the now useless hawser to fall off.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
Lund sent men ashore over the ice, climbing to the promontory crags with hawsers by which they tied up schooner, floe and all, to the land.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
I want six men to go down to the port for a ship's hawser, a thick 'un, a long 'un.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
Up anchors and loose the hawsers, sailor, set every stitch of canvas.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Colonel John and Bale were nearest to the hawser, and managed, suddenly as the thing happened, to seize it and cling to it.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Used in uniting hawsers for towing.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The hawsers broke like twine.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 10" by Various
The hawsers laid ashore for landfasts had been treacherously cut, but without doing any injury to the ship.
"Notes and Queries, Number 238, May 20, 1854" by Various
An' as to towin' the sloop after us by a hawser, it'd be too much like a caterpiller creepin' along.
"Eagles of the Sky" by Ambrose Newcomb
Then she heard his cry of "Got the boat," followed by the clank of a sculling oar and the creak of the guiding-wheel on the hawser.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

They pilot up the sleet-lashed bay
With gunnels mantled white with snow;
On icebound rivers crunch their way
With hawsers strained across their tow.
"Harbor Tug" by Burt Franklin Jenness
I crossed the gangway in the winter's raining,
Late in the night, when it was dreary dark;
The only sounds the rain's hiss, and the complaining
Of mooring hawsers holding that lean barque.
"Stowaway" by Bill Adams
But they struggled on manfully until they came upon a smaller boat,
Which they thought would be more easily kept afloat,
And to which the hawser was soon transferred,
Then for a second time to save the ferrymen all was prepared.
"The Kessack Ferry-Boat Fatality" by William Topaz McGonagall
But when we'd finished loading and sailing day came round,
With the pilot boat alongside and the mudhook off the ground,
And the towboat cast the hawser off and left us with a cheer,
Why, there'd be Bill a-growling as he'd done for twenty year.
"A Dog's Life" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Even in the worst of times - when decks are icy, seas are rolling and a thousand feet of thigh-thick hawser line must be drawn and coiled.