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Definitions of hawser

  1. A large rope made of three strands each containing many yarns. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A thick rope or cable used in towing or for securing a vessel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A small cable. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. A large rope, 5 to 10 inches in circumference. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. A small cable, or a cable-laid rope. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for hawser

  1. A powerful tug- boat got hold of her, but the ship dragged the tug- boat astern with her, towards the Goodwins, until at last the tug- boat snapped her great 15- inch hawser and then gave up the attempt and returned to land. – Heroes of the Goodwin Sands by Thomas Stanley Treanor
  2. Then he and his fireman tailed on to the end of it, bringing in the attached hawser hand over hand. – Dan Merrithew by Lawrence Perry
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