hawser

[ haw-zer, -ser ]
/ ˈhɔ zər, -sər /

noun Nautical.

a heavy rope for mooring or towing.

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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