tow

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
tow1 /toʊ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to pull or haul (a car, etc.) by a rope, chain, etc.:They towed my car to the garage.

n. [countable]
  1. an act or instance of towing.
  2. something towed.
  3. something, as a boat or truck, that tows.
  4. Sportski tow.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsin tow: 
    • Also, under tow. in the state of being towed:The ship returned to port in tow of a tugboat.
    • under one's guidance;
      in one's charge:The teacher entered the museum with her class in tow.
    • (following one) as a follower, admirer, or companion:The movie star walked down the street, autograph hounds in tow.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
tow1 (tō),USA pronunciation  v.t. 
  1. to pull or haul (a car, barge, trailer, etc.) by a rope, chain, or other device:The car was towed to the service station.

n. 
  1. an act or instance of towing.
  2. something being towed.
  3. something, as a boat or truck, that tows.
  4. a rope, chain, metal bar, or other device for towing:The trailer is secured to the car by a metal tow.
  5. See ski tow.
  6. in tow: 
    • in the state of being towed.
    • under one's guidance;
      in one's charge.
    • as a follower, admirer, or companion:a professor who always had a graduate student in tow.
  7. under tow, in the condition of being towed;
    in tow.
tow a•ble, adj. 
tow′a•bil i•ty, n. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English towen (verb, verbal), Old English togian to pull by force, drag; cognate with Middle High German zogen to draw, tug, drag. See tug
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trail, draw, tug.

tow2 (tō),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. the fiber of flax, hemp, or jute prepared for spinning by scutching.
  2. the shorter, less desirable flax fibers separated from line fibers in hackling.
  3. synthetic filaments prior to spinning.

adj. 
  1. made of tow.
  • 1300–50; Middle English; Old English tōw- (in tōwlīc pertaining to thread, tōwhūs spinning house); akin to Old Norse wool

tow3 (tō),USA pronunciation n. [Scot.]
  1. a rope.
  • 1425–75; late Middle English (Scots); Old English toh- (in tohlīne towline); cognate with Old Norse tog towline. See tow1

TOW (tō),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Militarya U.S. Army antitank missile, steered to its target by two thin wires connected to a computerized launcher, which is mounted on a vehicle or helicopter.
  • t(ube-launched,) o(ptically-guided,) w(ire-tracked missile)


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tow /təʊ/ vb
  1. (transitive) to pull or drag (a vehicle, boat, etc), esp by means of a rope or cable
n
  1. the act or an instance of towing
  2. the state of being towed (esp in the phrases in tow, under tow, on tow)
  3. something towed
  4. something used for towing
  5. in towin one's charge or under one's influence
  6. informal (in motor racing, etc) the act of taking advantage of the slipstream of another car (esp in the phrase get a tow)
  7. short for ski tow
Etymology: Old English togian; related to Old Frisian togia, Old Norse toga, Old High German zogōn

ˈtowable adj
tow /təʊ/ n
  1. the fibres of hemp, flax, jute, etc, in the scutched state
  2. synthetic fibres preparatory to spinning
Etymology: Old English tōw; related to Old Saxon tou, Old Norse tuft of wool, Dutch touwen to spin

ˈtowy adj



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