tugboat
Tug Tug, n. 1. A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called tug of war; a supreme effort. [1913 Webster]

At the tug he falls, Vast ruins come along, rent from the smoking walls. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. A sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy articles. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) A small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels; -- called also {steam tug}, {tugboat}, and {towboat}. [1913 Webster]

4. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mining.) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed. [1913 Webster]

{Tug iron}, an iron hook or button to which a tug or trace may be attached, as on the shaft of a wagon. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • TUGboat — Infobox Journal abbreviation = None discipline = digital typography language = various (usually English) website = http://www.tug.org/TUGboat/ publisher = TUG country = USA history = 1980 to present ISSN = 0896 3207 TUGboat (ISSN 0896 3207) is a… …   Wikipedia

  • tugboat — /tug boht /, n. a small, powerful boat for towing or pushing ships, barges, etc. Also called towboat, tug. [1820 30, Amer.; TUG + BOAT] * * *   small, powerful watercraft designed to perform a variety of functions, especially to tow or push… …   Universalium

  • tugboat — noun Date: 1830 a strongly built powerful boat used for towing and pushing called also towboat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tugboat — noun A small, powerful boat used to push or pull barges or to help maneuver larger vessels. Syn: tug …   Wiktionary

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