tow
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English togian; akin to Old English tēon to draw, pull, Old High German ziohan to draw, pull, Latin ducere to draw, lead Date: before 12th century transitive verb to draw or pull along behind ; haul <
tow a wagon
>
intransitive verb to move in tow <
trailers that tow behind the family auto — Bob Munger
>
II. noun Date: 1600 1. a rope or chain for towing 2. a. the act or an instance of towing b. the fact or state of being towed 3. a. something towed (as a boat or car) b. a group of barges lashed together and usually pushed 4. a. something (as a tugboat) that tows b. ski tow III. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tow- spinning; akin to Old Norse tuft of wool for spinning, Old English tawian to prepare for use — more at taw Date: 14th century 1. short or broken fiber (as of flax, hemp, or synthetic material) that is used especially for yarn, twine, or stuffing 2. a. yarn or cloth made of tow b. a loose essentially untwisted strand of synthetic fibers IV. noun Etymology: Middle English (Scots), probably from Old English toh- (in tohlīne towline); akin to Old English togian to tow Date: 14th century chiefly Scottish & dialect England rope

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • TOW — is related to :* Tow, an untwisted bundle of filaments * Towing, the process of pulling or drawing behind a chain or line * an acronym for video game Things on Wheels TOW may refer to: * BGM 71 TOW, a US anti tank missile * Maximum Takeoff Weight …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • tow — tow1 [tō] vt. [ME towen < OE togian < IE base * deuk , to pull > DUCT] 1. to pull by a rope or chain 2. to pull or drag behind n. 1. a towing or being towed 2. something towed 3 …   English World dictionary

  • tow — ► VERB ▪ use a vehicle or boat to pull (another vehicle or boat) along. ► NOUN ▪ an act of towing. ● in tow Cf. ↑in tow DERIVATIVES towable adjective towage noun …   English terms dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • TOW — steht für: Take Off Weight, Gewicht beim Loslösen der Bremsen zum Startlauf von Flugzeugen; siehe Treibstoffberechnung Tower Air, ehemalige amerikanische Fluggesellschaft (ICAO Code) Tube Launched Optically Tracked Wire Guided Missile; siehe TOW… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tow — (engl., spr. tō), Flachs , Hanf und Jutewerg; in deutschen Handelsnotizen vorkommende Towgarne sind Flachswerggarn …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • tow — vb tug, haul, hale, *pull, draw, drag …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tow — [v] pull along drag, draw, ferry, haul, lug, propel, push, trail, trawl, tug, yank; concept 206 Ant. push …   New thesaurus

  • tow — bul·tow; ling·tow; tow·abil·i·ty; tow·able; tow·age; tow·an; tow; tow·er·ing·ly; tow·er·man; tow·ery; tow·hee; tow·ie; tow·man; tow·mond; tow·ser; TOW; kow·tow; swa·tow; tow·er; tow·mont; …   English syllables

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