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1tow

verb \ˈtō\

: to pull (a vehicle) behind another vehicle with a rope or chain

Full Definition of TOW

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>
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Examples of TOW

  1. The car was towed to the nearest garage after the accident.
  2. The police towed my car because it was parked illegally.

Origin of TOW

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
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to TOW

2tow

noun

Definition of TOW

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
in tow
1
:  under guidance or protection <taken in tow by a friendly native>
2
:  accompanying or following usually as an attending or dependent party <not easy shopping with kids in tow>

First Known Use of TOW

1600

3tow

noun

Definition of TOW

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

Origin of TOW

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
First Known Use: 14th century

4tow

noun

Definition of TOW

chiefly Scottish & dial English
:  rope

Origin of TOW

Middle English (Scots), probably from Old English toh- (in tohlīne towline); akin to Old English togian to tow
First Known Use: 14th century
TOW Defined for Kids

1tow

verb \ˈtō\
towedtow·ing

Definition of TOW for Kids

:  to draw or pull along behind

2tow

noun

Definition of TOW for Kids

:  an act or instance of drawing or pulling along behind :  the fact or state of being drawn or pulled along behind

3tow

noun

Definition of TOW for Kids

:  short broken fiber of flax, hemp, or jute used for yarn, twine, or stuffing

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