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hawser

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From Anglo-Norman haucer, from Old French haucier, halcier, from Vulgar Latin *helciaria, from Latin helcium (collar harness). Altered in English on mistaken association with hawse and perhaps haul. Compare French aussière, haussière.

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hawser (plural hawsers)

  1. (nautical) a cable or heavy rope used to tow or moor a ship

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