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Definition of Tow


  1. The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp, separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle.
  2. To draw or pull through the water, as a vessel of any kind, by means of a rope.
  3. A rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope.
  4. The act of towing, or the state of being towed; --chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that is to tow.
  5. That which is towed, or drawn by a towline, as a barge, raft, collection of boats, ect.

Tow Quotations

My recipe for bliss on a Friday night consists of a 'New York Times' crossword puzzle and a new episode of 'Homicide;' Saturdays and Sundays are oriented around walks in the woods with the dog, human companion in tow some of the time but not always.
Caroline Knapp

When a car's ahead of you, as long as you can see it, you get a tow, just like the draft in NASCAR. Even if it's a long ways down the track, it punches a hole in the air that has to help. When you're running alone, you can feel the difference, and it shows on the clock, too.
Mario Andretti

The picture of Mother Teresa that I remember from my childhood is of a short, sari-wearing woman scurrying down a red gravel path between manicured lawns. She would have in tow one or two slower-footed, sari-clad young Indian nuns. We thought her a freak. Probably we'd picked up on unvoiced opinions of our Loreto nuns.
Bharati Mukherjee

I will take a short time out from being in Parliament when the baby is born but I'll still be doing my constituency work - just with another baby in tow.
Lucy Powell

I've never been big on cars. When I first got to Hollywood, I bought a used car from Avis. I drove that until I almost had to pay someone to tow it away.
Vince Vaughn
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Tow Translations

tow in Afrikaans is sleep
tow in Dutch is boegseren, trekken, slepen
tow in Finnish is laahata
tow in German is abschleppen, schleppen, schleppen
tow in Italian is trascinare, trascinare, estrassi
tow in Portuguese is reboque
tow in Spanish is arrastrar, extraer, remolcar
tow in Swedish is bogsering, bogsera
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