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tow1 / / • v. [tr.] (of a motor vehicle or boat) pull (another vehicle or boat) along with a rope, chain, or tow bar. ∎  (of a person) pull (someone or something) along behind one: she saw Frank towing Nicky along by the hand.• n. [in sing.] an act of towing a vehicle or boat. ∎  a rope or line used to tow a vehicle or boat.PHRASES: in tow1. being towed by another vehicle or boat: his boat was taken in tow by a trawler. 2. accompanying or following someone: trying to shop with three children in tow is no joke.DERIVATIVES: tow·a·ble adj.tow2 • n. the coarse and broken part of flax or hemp prepared for spinning. ∎  a bundle of untwisted natural or man-made fibers.DERIVATIVES: tow·y adj.

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tow2 † drag OE.; draw (a vessel) on the water by a rope XIV. OE. togian = MLG. togen, OHG. zogōn, ON. toga :- Gmc. *toʒōjan, f. *toʒ- *tuz- (cf. TEAM).
So towage charge for towing a vessel XVI; action of towing XVII. orig. — AN. towage, AL. towagium, f. ME. towe, toʒe tow.

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TOW / / • abbr. tube-launched, optically guided, wire-guided (missile).

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tow1 fibre of flax, etc. XIV. — MLG. touw :- OS. tou = ON. wool, tow, rel, to OE. tow- in towcræft spinning, etc.

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tow (toh) n. the teased-out short fibres of flax, hemp, or jute, used in swabs, stupes, and for a variety of other purposes.

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TOW (təʊ) tube-launched optically tracked wire-guided (antitank missile)
• tug-of-war

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a string of barges being towed, 1805.