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From Middle English hauser, haucer, from Anglo-Norman haucer, from Old French haucier, halcier (hoister), from Vulgar Latin *altiāre (to raise), from Late Latin altāre (to make high), from Latin altus (high). Altered in English by mistaken association with hawse and perhaps haul. Compare French aussière, haussière.



hawser (plural hawsers)

  1. (nautical) A cable or heavy rope used to tow or moor a ship.
    • 1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Ebb-tide Runs”, in Treasure Island, London; Paris: Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, OCLC 702939134, part V (My Sea Adventure), page 185:
      The hawser was as taut as a bowstring, and the current so strong she pulled upon her anchor. All around the hull, in the blackness, the rippling current bubbled and chattered like a little mountain stream.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, chapter 26, in Billy Budd[1], London: Constable & Co.:
      A hatchet to my hawser? all adrift to go?