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[haw-zer-leyd, -ser-]
adjective Ropemaking.
  1. cablelaid(def 1).
  2. plain-laid.
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Origin of hawser-laid

First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for hawser-laid

Historical Examples

  • The combination in the larger cordage, also known as hawser-laid.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Hawser-laid rope is a right-handed rope, and cable-laid is therefore left-handed.

    The Gunner's Examiner

    Harold E. Cloke

  • Large ropes are distinguished into two main classes, the cable-laid and hawser-laid.

  • A finer quality of hawser-laid rope than is commonly used for other purposes.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • When a cable or tow line is made of three or more small ropes it is said to be “hawser-laid.”

British Dictionary definitions for hawser-laid


  1. (of a rope) made up of three strands, the fibres (or yarns) of which have been twisted together in a left-handed direction. These three strands are then twisted together in a right-handed direction to make the rope
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