tow·​line | \ ˈtō-ˌlīn How to pronounce towline (audio) \

Definition of towline

Examples of towline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, as Indonesian authorities tried to tow in a Chinese boat operating off the Natunas, a Chinese Coast Guard ship nosed in and broke the towline, allowing the Chinese fishers to flee. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020 Within a week, a new towline was attached and the bow was towed 280 miles offshore where it was loaded with plastic explosives. oregonlive, 4 Feb. 2020 The towline snapped and the bow section of the New Carissa was again adrift at sea. oregonlive, 4 Feb. 2020 The Artic Sounder newspaper reported the hunters were in a boat on a towline and flipped in rough water. Rachel D'oro, The Seattle Times, 9 Oct. 2018 However, the other tug had a winch motor failure while recovering the towline from the tanker. Robert Archibald, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2018 A section was towed to sea for sinking, but the towline snapped, sending it back to another beach., 14 July 2017 Once the larger boat dropped the towline, the smaller one capsized. Jim Yardley And Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, 29 May 2016

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First Known Use of towline

1719, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of towline was in 1719

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“Towline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of towline

: a rope or chain used for towing vehicles


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