Meaning of HAUL in English


I. ˈhȯl verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English halen to pull, draw, from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch halen to pull; akin to Old English geholian to obtain, Old High German halōn, holōn, holēn to call, fetch, Old Saxon halōn, and perhaps to Old English hlōwan to low — more at low

transitive verb


a. : to change the course of (a ship) especially so as to sail closer to the wind — often used with directional adverb

told the chief officer to haul her off four points — Mercantile Marine Magazine

b. : to sail or hold on a course

hauled his skiff all the way north — A.B.Mayse



(1) : to exert traction on : pull

haul a net

haul a wagon

— often followed by directional adverb

haul out a stump

haul up a lobster pot

haul in an anchor

haul down a flag

(2) : to take by drawing in or up (as with a net)

haul herring

b. : to exert influence on so as to achieve a desired end : drag

his wife … will haul him to a highbrow play — Francis Fergusson

c. : to transport from one place to another in a vehicle : cart

haul passengers

haul coal from the mines

cattle are hauled by rail

3. : to bring before (an authority) for interrogation or punishment : hale

haul traffic violators into court

— often used with up

haul up a … president of the United States to explain his conduct in office to a congressional committee — Elmer Davis

intransitive verb


a. : to change course so as to sail closer to the wind — often used with up

she hauled up 'til the sails began to shiver

b. : to sail on a course

decided to haul south



(1) : to exert traction : pull

haul on a rope

— often followed by directional adverb

haul back on the reins

hauled over to put a pilot aboard — H.A.Chippendale

(2) : to take or seek a catch especially of fish by hauling a net

go hauling for herring

b. : to propel oneself : come , go

about three o'clock we hauled into Moonridge — Kenneth Clark

the bull hauled back for another lunge — F.B.Gipson

c. : to carry from one place to another : furnish transportation

nominal charge for hauling

3. of the wind : to change direction : shift

the wind has hauled more to the south — William Willis

— often used with around

hauled around to the starboard quarter

Synonyms: see pull

- haul down one's colors

- haul in one's horns

- haul one over the coals

- haul one's wind

II. noun

( -s )


a. : an act of dragging : strong pull

the rope stood up under the strain of the haul

b. : a mechanical device for pulling : conveyor belt

mine cars on a car haul

2. : the result of an effort to collect either legitimately or by theft : take

rich hauls of plankton — N.B.Marshall

a mink coat haul — Rose Thurburn

specifically : the fish taken in a single draft of a net

3. ropemaking : a bundle of yarns to be tarred


a. : an act of transporting

a rail haul meant that several hundred expensive … cars would have to be bought — N.M.Clark

b. : the distance or route over which a load is transported

sand is normally taken from deposits within a reasonable haul of the site of building — G.S.Brady

ride first-class only on the short hauls — T.H.Fielding

the long haul round the Cape — Sir Winston Churchill

c. : the quantity of material transported : load

hauls of unsifted ore — Times Literary Supplement

III. verb

- haul ass

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