A cable or rope used in mooring or towing a ship.(noun)
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Use "hawser" in a sentence
"The word hawser has nothing whatever to do with the verb to hoist; neither does the ` N.E.D. 'say that it has."
"The hawser is a thick rope, or cable, to which the lifebuoy is suspended when in action."
"I was concerned that the standard garage door was not secure enough and wanted to give him extra locking facility for the cycle - so I screwed a padlock type hasp into the wall inside the garage - then provided a steel 'hawser' type rope (from a cycle shop) for him to lock the bike up to, which threaded through the large hasp."