What does the word hawser mean?

Usage examples for hawser

  1. It looked like preconcerted action on the part of tide, tempest, and rain to defeat these wreckers, for the elements all pulled together and pulled till cables and hawser snapped like threads. – Birds and Poets by John Burroughs
  2. But Stafford had surprised him at the hawser and had seen. – The Indian Drum by William MacHarg Edwin Balmer
  3. They took the line, hauled in the hawser at the end of it, made that fast to the windlass, and then we started off with her in tow. – The Seiners by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly