A cable or rope used in mooring or towing a ship.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman haucer, from Old French haucier, to hoist, from Vulgar Latin *altiāre, alteration of Late Latin altāre, from Latin altus, high; see al-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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