- a heavy rope for mooring or towing.
Origin of hawser
Examples from the Web for hawser
He knew besides such words as "hawser," "bulkhead" and "ebb-tide."The Harbor
Whether any saved themselves on it, the two clinging to the hawser could not see.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
Leaping on to it, the boatswain and Lizard made fast the hawser.
The brave mate was seen to cling to the hawser, and work his way back.
At the other end was a hawser which the boat now towed towards the rock.
- nautical a large heavy rope
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.