Haws"er (?), n. [From F. hausser to ft, raise (cf. OF. hausser'ee towpath, towing, F. haussiere hawser), LL. altiare, fr. L. altus high. See Haughty.]
A large rope made of three strands each containing many yarns.
⇒ Three hawsers twisted together make a cable; but it nautical usage the distinction between cable and hawser is often one of size rather than of manufacture.
Hawser iron, a calking iron.
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