verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to sail, as in a particular direction.
- to draw or pull a vessel up on land, as for repairs or storage.
- (of the wind) to shift to a direction closer to the heading of a vessel (opposed to veer).
- (of the wind) to change direction, shift, or veer (often followed by round or to).
- the quantity of fish taken at one draft of the net.
- the draft of a fishing net.
- the place where a seine is hauled.
- Nautical.to change a ship's course so as to get farther off from an object.
- to withdraw; leave.
- Informal.to draw back the arm in order to strike; prepare to deal a blow: He hauled off and struck the insolent lieutenant a blow to the chin.
- to bring before a superior for judgment or reprimand; call to account.
- to come to a halt; stop.
- Nautical.to change the course of (a sailing vessel) so as to sail closer to the wind.
- Nautical.(of a sailing vessel) to come closer to the wind.
- Nautical.(of a vessel) to come to a halt.
- to brace (certain yards of a sailing vessel).
- (of the wind) to change in a clockwise direction.
- a relatively great period of time: In the long haul, he'll regret having been a school dropout.
- a relatively great distance: It's a long haul from Maine to Texas.
- Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively long period of time, as for winter storage or longer.
- a relatively small period of time: For the short haul, he'll be able to get by on what he earns.
- a relatively little distance: The axle wouldn't break for just a short haul.
- Nautical.the drawing up on shore of a vessel for a relatively short period, as for repairs or painting.
Origin of haul
- in a future time
- over a lengthy period of time
Word Origin for haul
1660s, "act of hauling," from haul (v.). Meaning "something gained" is from 1776, perhaps on notion of "drawing" a profit, or of the catch from hauling fishing nets. Meaning "distance over which something must be hauled" (usually with long or short) is attested from 1873.
1580s, hall, variant spelling of Middle English halen (see hale (v.)), representing a change in pronunciation after c.1200. Spelling with -au- or -aw- is from early 17c. Related: Hauled; hauling. To haul off "pull back a little" before striking or otherwise acting is American English, 1802.
Come to a halt, stop, as in We hauled up in front of the hotel.
Bring someone before a superior or other authority, call someone to account. For example, This was the third time he'd been hauled up before the judge. [Mid-1800s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with haul
- haul off
- haul over the coals
- haul up
- long haul
- rake (haul) over the coals