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Haul (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hauled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hauling.] [OE. halen, halien, F. aler, of German or Scand. origin; akin to AS. geholian to acquire, get, D. halen to fetch, pull, draw, OHG. holn, haln, G. holen, Dan. hale to haul, Sw. hala, and to L. calare to call, summon, Gr. to call. Cf. Hale, v. t., Claim. Class, Council, Ecclesiastic.]


To pull or draw with force; to drag.

Some dance, some haul the rope. Denham.

Thither they bent, and hauled their ships to land. Pope.

Romp-loving miss Is hauled about in gallantry robust. Thomson.


To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen; as, to haul logs to a sawmill.

When I was seven or eight years of age, I began hauling all the wood used in the house and shops. U. S. Grant.

To haul over the coals. See under Coal. -- To haul the wind Naut., to turn the head of the ship nearer to the point from which the wind blows.


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Haul, v. i.

1. Naut.

To change the direction of a ship by hauling the wind. See under Haul, v. t.

I . . . hauled up for it, and found it to be an island. Cook.


To pull apart, as oxen sometimes do when yoked.

To haul around Naut., to shift to any point of the compass; -- said of the wind. -- To haul off Naut., to sail closer to the wind, in order to get farther away from anything; hence, to withdraw; to draw back.<-- haul off (b), to get ready (usu. for violent action) -- used with "and" -- "hauled off and punched him on the nose" -->


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Haul, n.


A pulling with force; a violent pull.


A single draught of a net; as, to catch a hundred fish at a haul.


That which is caught, taken, or gained at once, as by hauling a net.


Transportation by hauling; the distance through which anything is hauled, as freight in a railroad car; as, a long haul or short haul.

5. Rope Making

A bundle of about four hundred threads, to be tarred.


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