There are 3 main definitions of tow in English:

tow1

Syllabification: tow

verb

[with object]
1(Of a motor vehicle or boat) pull (another vehicle or boat) along with a rope, chain, or tow bar.
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  • They particularly want to hear from the occupants of two vehicles, a white caravanette and a car towing a caravan, who may have seen the accident.
  • Not only cars pass me at these speeds but lorries and, would you believe, cars towing caravans!
  • An hour or two later, the ferry tows the gigs home.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a person) pull (someone or something) along behind one: she saw Frank towing Nicky along by the hand
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  • The shops are filled with wealthy women towing toddlers called Jamie or Arabella.
  • You could tow him out to a village fête and charge children 50p to bounce on him.
  • He passes me, and I tuck in behind, letting him tow me along.

noun

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1An act of towing a vehicle or boat.
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  • We stopped to give a tow to that stranded boat, the one with the two families on it.
  • Realising the going would not be good on the Knavesmire for heavy traffic they decided to offer a tow to vehicles taking part in the Northern Motor Caravan Show.
  • And if you find yourself getting tired, Matti will happily start up the outboard on his boat (outside Kolovesi NP) and give you a tow.
1.1A rope or line used to tow a vehicle or boat.
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  • They were full of accounts of winter Sundays at a nearby country club that had just installed a rope tow and, even more maddening, of weekend ski trips to New Hampshire.
  • When five-year-old Andrew strapped on skis for the first time, he begged his parents to let him go up the rope tow alone.
  • Don't miss the tubing slope serviced by a rope tow - you'll feel like you're 10 again as you soar down the slopes on your Flexible Flyer.

Origin

Old English togian 'draw, drag', of Germanic origin; related to tug. The noun dates from the early 17th century.

Phrases

in tow

1Being towed by another vehicle or boat: his boat was taken in tow by a trawler
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  • One day the poor boatmen had to paddle not just our unwieldy vessel upstream, but Richard and the girls on tow in a little rowing boat.
  • When the winds are strong it is easier to go high on tow, in fact you can kite while on tow, but you are very quickly out of the field as you chase thermals.
  • Two pilots smack in right off the dollies and one throws his chute just behind the tow paddock after locking out on tow and tumbling.
2Accompanying or following someone: trying to shop with three children in tow is no joke
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  • Scott didn't seem to notice and she followed in tow behind him as they made their way to a group near a far wall.
  • I followed him in tow until we came to a bench behind the school along the cross country trail.
  • And worse still, she will accompany me with my two young children in tow.
Synonyms
in attendance, by one's side, alongside, in one's charge;
accompanying, following, tagging along

Derivatives

towable

adjective
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  • A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the vehicle was badly damaged in the accident, and was having to undergo repairs to make it towable.
  • You'll have to see it to believe it - the Manta Ray towable launches out of the water and hovers, making possible heart-stopping aerial maneuvers!
  • But we also have what we call towable products, travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers.

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There are 3 main definitions of tow in English:

tow2

Syllabification: tow

noun

1The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp prepared for spinning.
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  • In this process, which is much faster than that using guillotine cutters, tow is dyed, finished, cut, dried, screened, and bagged in one continuous operation.
  • The bales of finished fibre were sold to rope and twine makers, locally or overseas, while the short tangled tow teased out by the scutcher, went to furniture makers for stuffing armchairs and sofas.
1.1A bundle of untwisted natural or man-made fibers.

Origin

Old English (recorded in towcræft 'spinning'), of Germanic origin.

Derivatives

towy

adjective

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There are 3 main definitions of tow in English:

TOW3

Syllabification: TOW

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