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hawser

[ haw-zer, -ser ]
/ ˈhɔ zər, -sər /
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noun Nautical.

a heavy rope for mooring or towing.

RELATED WORDS

twine, string, thread, tape, cable, strand, lariat, lace, lanyard, lasso, cordage

Nearby words

haworth, haworthia, hawse, hawsehole, hawsepipe, hawser, hawser bend, hawser-laid, hawthorn, hawthorne, hawthorne effect

Origin of hawser

1300–50; Middle English haucer < Anglo-French hauceour, equivalent to Middle French hauci(er) to hoist (< Late Latin *altiāre to raise, derivative of Latin altus high; see haughty) + -our -or2, -er2
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hawser

/ (ˈhɔːzə) /

noun

nautical a large heavy rope

Word Origin for hawser

C14: from Anglo-French hauceour, from Old French haucier to hoist, ultimately from Latin altus high
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Word Origin and History for hawser

hawser


n.

"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.

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