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hawser

Nautical a large heavy rope

hawser

[′hȯz·ər]
(naval architecture)
A large rope or cable, usually over 5 inches (13 centimeters) in diameter, generally used to tow or moor a ship or secure it at a dock.
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The answer is cordage, the general name for thread, string, cord, rope, hawser, and cable.
In fact, the disc does not hover, but is suspended from the soaring height of the Chapter House's circular, domed gallery by nine slender steel hawsers.
While I was checking out the old ancestor-in-law I came across the phrase 'splicing the main brace', which I confess I thought was something a sailor might do with knots and hawsers.
They want a luxury SUVAupowerful, sumptuous, swimming in privilegeAubut they themselves are appalled at the overage of tonnage in vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz M-class, BMW X5 or Land Rover LR3, the latter of which looks as if it should be throwing out its hawsers next to the Queen Mary.
Not to tell over again his furlongs from spiracle to tail, and the yards he measures about the waist; only think of the gigantic involutions of his intestines, where they lie in him like great cables and hawsers coiled away in the subterranean orlopdeck of a line-of-battle-ship.
Kai experienced the allure of an ocean-going vessel for the first time, the long white-painted passageways with pipes against ceiling, the whirling silence in the cabin, the muffled sounds in the dining room--like those in the waiting room of a hospital--the clanging on deck of metal against metal, and above all, the hawsers that hung in soft curves toward land and formed the only link with the past.
Fortunately, thanks to 'the special work of the Divine Providence', storms of wind and rain blew up, the hawsers (cirgas) of the Portuguese junks were snapped, and the boats drifted to the other side of the canal whence they could proceed.
But I don't know what actor would be willing to play Koch, who comes across here as a schlemiel twirled like a top and bound fast by the silken hawsers Ashbery spins.
Sentiment and sensation collide in this passage--much as Equiano's ship, the Aetna, and the Lynne shortly do during the Belle-Isle voyage, leaving the Aetua in such a "crazy condition" that she has to be held together with hawsers and tallow as she limps into port.
On the hawsers that moored ships to the docks, shippers placed new effective rat guards, some with traps to thwart the 4-legged stowaways.
The wreckage of the plane, a prototype of Britain's newest turbo-jet airliner, was secured with hawsers to lorries and tractors parked 50 yards away.
You are encouraged to lend a hand on the 150 miles of ropes and hawsers, join the ship's watches or even polish the occasional piece of brasswork - unless of course you prefer to sip rum punches, plunge into the two swimming pools or just sunbathe.