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

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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, "China Chases Indonesia’s Fishing Fleets, Staking Claim to Sea’s Riches," 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, "Napalm, a torpedo and 70,000 gallons of spilled oil: An environmental disaster on the Oregon coast, 21 years later," 4 Feb. 2020 The towline snapped and the bow section of the New Carissa was again adrift at sea. oregonlive, "Napalm, a torpedo and 70,000 gallons of spilled oil: An environmental disaster on the Oregon coast, 21 years later," 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, "Inupiat town mourns hunters killed as they towed whale home," 9 Oct. 2018 However, the other tug had a winch motor failure while recovering the towline from the tanker. Robert Archibald, Anchorage Daily News, "Safe oil transportation in Prince William Sound: Are we really so far apart?," 4 Mar. 2018 A section was towed to sea for sinking, but the towline snapped, sending it back to another beach., "Eels and a whale: 12 bizarre things Oregon had to get rid of," 14 July 2017 Once the larger boat dropped the towline, the smaller one capsized. Jim Yardley And Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Three Days, 700 Deaths on Mediterranean as Migrant Crisis Flares," 29 May 2016

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First Known Use of towline

1719, in the meaning defined above

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“Towline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of towline

: a rope or chain used for towing vehicles

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