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Definition of TOW

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Tow \Tow\ (t[=o]), n. [OE. tow, AS. tow, akin to OD. touw, Icel. t[=o] a tuft of wool for spinning; cf. E. taw, v. t.] The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp, separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tow \Tow\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Towed} (t[=o]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Towing}.] [OE. towen, to[yogh]en; akin to OFries. toga to pull about, OHG. zog[=o]n, Icel. toga, AS. tohline a towline, and AS. te['o]n to draw, p. p. getogen. See {Tug}.] To draw or pull through the water, as a vessel of any kind, by means of a rope. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tow \Tow\, n. [Cf. Icel. taug a rope, from the same root as E. tow, v. t.]
     1. A rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope. [1913 Webster]

     2. The act of towing, or the state of being towed; -- chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that is to tow. [1913 Webster]

     3. That which is towed, or drawn by a towline, as a barge, raft, collection of boats, ect. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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