aero·​tow ˈer-ō-ˌtō How to pronounce aerotow (audio)
plural aerotows
: the act or an instance of towing a glider with an airplane
During an aerotow, a sailplane is towed behind a power aircraft and then is released to soar.Gregg L. Parker, Huntsville (Alabama) Times, 21 Oct. 2009

Word History


aero- + tow entry 2

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aerotow was in 1938

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“Aerotow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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