tow

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English towen, from Old English togian, from Proto-Germanic *tugōną (Middle High German zogen, Dutch tijgen, Old Norse toga), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk-.

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tow (third-person singular simple present tows, present participle towing, simple past and past participle towed)

  1. (transitive) To pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul.
  2. (running, cycling etc.) To aid someone behind by shielding them from wind resistance.
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tow (plural tows)

  1. The act of towing and the condition of being towed.
    It isn't the car's battery; I think I need a tow.
  2. Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
  3. Something, such as a barge, that is towed.
  4. A rope or cable used in towing.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English tow- (spinning) (in compounds, e.g. towcræft, towhūs, towlic); compare Old Norse (uncleansed wool), Middle Low German touw. Perhaps cognate with Old English tawian (prepare for use), Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌿𐌾𐌰𐌽 (taujan, do, make)[1].

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tow (plural tows)

  1. An untwisted bundle of fibers such as cellulose acetate, flax, hemp or jute.
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  1. ^ tow” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.

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