Examples from the Web for hawser
The men there, attach the hawser to the whip, and by hauling one side thereof in, they run the other side and the hawser out.Battles with the Sea|R.M. Ballantyne
An anchor was let fall astern, and the whole ship's company hauled in on the hawser, swinging the ship slowly around.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
As the ship drifts well to leeward, the hawser will bring her stern to the wind; but it may not cast her on the other side.The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana
We were fifty feet from that rock when the hawser was made fast and had a strain on it, and now it's right under her stern.A Modern Buccaneer|Rolf Boldrewood
Even then, we who watched him thought he would stick fast between the boat and the bank, that the hawser would hold him.The Congo and Coasts of Africa|Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for hawser
Word Origin for hawser
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.