Definitions for TOWtoʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to pull or haul (a car, barge, trailer, etc.) by a rope, chain, or other device.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. (n.)an act or instance of towing.

  3. something being towed.

  4. something, as a boat or truck, that tows.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. a rope, chain, metal bar, or other device for towing.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. Category: Sport

    Ref: ski tow.

Idioms for tow:

  1. in tow, in the state of being towed. under one's guidance; in one's charge. as a follower, admirer, or companion.

    Category: Idiom

  2. under tow, in the condition of being towed; in tow.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tow:

bef. 1000; ME; OE togian to drag, c. OFris togia, OHG zogōn, ON toga; akin to tug


  1. the fiber of flax, hemp, or jute prepared for spinning by scutching.

    Category: Textiles

  2. the shorter, less desirable fibers of flax, hemp, or jute separated in scutching and used for twine, yarn, etc. yarn or fabric made from this.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of tow:

1350–1400; ME; OE tōw- (in tōwlīc pertaining to thread, tōwhūs spinning house); akin to OS tou, ON tow, wool

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tow, towage(verb)

    the act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope

    "the truck gave him a tow to the garage"

  2. tow(verb)

    drag behind

    "Horses used to tow barges along the canal"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tow(verb)ʊ

    to pull a vehicle behind another vehicle

    They had to tow the car home.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tow(noun)

    the coarse and broken part of flax or hemp, separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle

  2. Tow(verb)

    to draw or pull through the water, as a vessel of any kind, by means of a rope

  3. Tow(verb)

    a rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope

  4. Tow(verb)

    the act of towing, or the state of being towed; --chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that is to tow

  5. Tow(verb)

    that which is towed, or drawn by a towline, as a barge, raft, collection of boats, ect


  1. Tow

    In the composites industry, a tow is an untwisted bundle of continuous filaments, and it refers to man-made fibres, particularly carbon fibres. Tows are designated by the number of fibers they contain. For example, a 12K tow contains about 12,000 fibres. In the textile industry, a tow is a coarse, broken fibre such as flax, hemp, or jute. Flax tows are often used as upholstery stuffing, and tows in general are frequently cut up to produce staple fibre.

Anagrams of TOW

  1. OTW

  2. Owt

  3. Two

Translations for TOW

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an) act of towing or process of being towed

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