Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Haul \Haul\, v. i.
(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.
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 \Haul\ (h[add]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hauled (h[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Hauling.] [OE. halen, halien, F. haler, of German or Scand. origin; akin to AS. geholian to acquire, get, D. halen to fetch, pull, draw, OHG. hol[=o]n, hal[=o]n, G. holen, Dan. hale to haul, Sw. hala, and to L. calare to call, summon, Gr. kalei^n to call. Cf. Hale, v. t., Claim. Class, Council, Ecclesiastic.]
To pull or draw with force; to drag.
Some dance, some haul the rope.
Thither they bent, and hauled their ships to land.
Romp-loving miss Is hauled about in gallantry robust.
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.
Haul \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.
(Rope Making) A bundle of about four hundred threads, to be tarred.
n. 1 A long drive, especially transporting/hauling heavy cargo. 2 An amount of something that has been taken, especially of fish or illegal loot. 3 A pulling with force; a violent pull. 4 (context ropemaking English) A bundle of many threads, to be tarred. 5 Collectively, all of the products bought on a shopping trip. 6 A haul video vb. 1 To carry something; to transport something, with a connotation that the item is heavy or otherwise difficult to move. 2 To pull or draw something heavy. 3 To transport by drawing, as with horses or oxen. 4 (context nautical English) To steer a vessel closer to the wind. 5 (context nautical of the wind English) To shift fore (more towards the bow). 6 (context figuratively English) To pull.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1580s, hall, variant spelling of Middle English halen (see hale (v.)), representing a change in pronunciation after c.1200. Spelling with -au- or -aw- is from early 17c. Related: Hauled; hauling. To haul off "pull back a little" before striking or otherwise acting is American English, 1802.
1660s, "act of hauling," from haul (v.). Meaning "something gained" is from 1776, perhaps on notion of "drawing" a profit, or of the catch from hauling fishing nets. Meaning "distance over which something must be hauled" (usually with long or short) is attested from 1873.
Usage examples of "haul".
Should this prove to be the case I will leave someone aboard with instructions to haul down our colours.
The people hauled in to testify about why they voted absentee offered a vivid picture of the fierce loyalties, rough politics, and economic pressures that shaped the lives of Arkansas hill people.
Jack hauled himself to his feet, yanked on his jacket, and for the second time that day left without telling Addle where he was going, or why.
So preoccupied was she with her ailing employer that she failed to notice when Damp hauled a large golf umbrella out of the stand by the door and started to wave it purposefully around.
Marks and Charlie Akers hauled Nash into Module Three, the storage compartment across the corridor from the command center, and there they beat the shit out of him.
The platform tilted down ominously as he shifted his weight, but Alec hauled him quickly to safety on the stairs.
Your buddy yonder might be willin to haul your ass all over Mexico but I damn sure aint.
Cassidy was reminded of all the backstage fights he had been part of, back in the days when he still had a band: then the times when he was too fucked up on drugs to go out and play, when Jaime and Amad and the session men would haul him away from the mike and into the wings, demanding to know whether he had broken his vow to stay straight for this one gig.
Daniel took a turn of the rope end around his good shoulder and anchored it as the rest of the team reached out, seized the swinging block and hauled it onto the trestle.
That seemed odd, since the Anointed himself was so grotesquely fat that the effort of hauling his own weight around left him with little strength for anything else.
They liked visiting the coffee plantations where arabica coffee was grown, or climbing to the higher elevations where robusta coffee, the kind used for instant coffee, was grown, or watching the fishermen haul in their catch from Lake Tanganyika.
As soon as he appeared his companion hauled his sail round to bring the aviso alongside the Ariadne.
The Badgeless Maces hauled back on their reins, barely managing to bring their mounts to a stop before the dragoneers.
The moment he cast anchor, the bailo hoisted his flag of captain-general of the Venetian navy, and the proveditore hauled down his own colours.
Tremaine followed Giliead across the littered pavement to the doorway, Ilias hauling Balin along after her.