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tow 1

 (tō)
tr.v. towed, tow·ing, tows
To draw or pull behind by a chain or line: a tugboat towing a barge. See Synonyms at pull.
n.
1. The act or an instance of towing: Can you give my car a tow?
2.
a. Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
b. Something, such as a barge or car, that is towed.
3. A rope or cable used in towing.
Idiom:
in tow
1. In a condition of being towed: a car with a trailer in tow.
2. Under close guidance; in one's charge: The new student was taken in tow by a peer counselor.
3. As a companion or follower: came to dinner with a friend in tow.

[Middle English towen, from Old English togian; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]

tow′a·ble adj.
tow′er n.

tow 2

 (tō)
n.
1. Coarse broken flax or hemp fiber.
2. A continuous untwisted bundle of manufactured fibers.

[Middle English, possibly from Old English tow-, spinning (in towcræft, spinning craft, spinning).]

tow

(təʊ)
vb
(tr) 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 tow in one's charge or under one's influence
6. (Motor Racing) informal (in motor racing, etc) the act of taking advantage of the slipstream of another car (esp in the phrase get a tow)
7. (Skiing) short for ski tow
[Old English togian; related to Old Frisian togia, Old Norse toga, Old High German zogōn]
ˈtowable adj

tow

(təʊ)
n
1. (Textiles) the fibres of hemp, flax, jute, etc, in the scutched state
2. (Textiles) synthetic fibres preparatory to spinning
3. (Textiles) the coarser fibres discarded after combing
[Old English tōw; related to Old Saxon tou, Old Norse tuft of wool, Dutch touwen to spin]
ˈtowy adj

tow1

(toʊ)

v.t.
1. to pull or haul (a car, barge, trailer, etc.) by a rope, chain, or other device.
n.
2. an act or instance of towing.
3. something being towed.
4. something, as a boat or truck, that tows.
5. a rope, chain, metal bar, or other device for towing.
Idioms:
1. in tow,
a. in the state of being towed.
b. under one's guidance; in one's charge.
c. as a follower, admirer, or companion.
2. under tow, in the condition of being towed; in tow.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English togian to drag, c. Old Frisian togia, Old High German zogōn, Old Norse toga; akin to tug]

tow2

(toʊ)

n.
1. the fiber of flax, hemp, or jute prepared for spinning by scutching.
2.
a. the shorter, less desirable fibers of flax, hemp, or jute separated in scutching and used for twine, yarn, etc.
b. yarn or fabric made from this.
[1350–1400; Middle English; Old English tōw- (in tōwlīc pertaining to thread, tōwhūs spinning house); akin to Old Saxon tou, Old Norse tow, wool]

Tow

 a string of barges being towed, 1805.

tow


Past participle: towed
Gerund: towing

Imperative
tow
tow
Present
I tow
you tow
he/she/it tows
we tow
you tow
they tow
Preterite
I towed
you towed
he/she/it towed
we towed
you towed
they towed
Present Continuous
I am towing
you are towing
he/she/it is towing
we are towing
you are towing
they are towing
Present Perfect
I have towed
you have towed
he/she/it has towed
we have towed
you have towed
they have towed
Past Continuous
I was towing
you were towing
he/she/it was towing
we were towing
you were towing
they were towing
Past Perfect
I had towed
you had towed
he/she/it had towed
we had towed
you had towed
they had towed
Future
I will tow
you will tow
he/she/it will tow
we will tow
you will tow
they will tow
Future Perfect
I will have towed
you will have towed
he/she/it will have towed
we will have towed
you will have towed
they will have towed
Future Continuous
I will be towing
you will be towing
he/she/it will be towing
we will be towing
you will be towing
they will be towing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been towing
you have been towing
he/she/it has been towing
we have been towing
you have been towing
they have been towing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been towing
you will have been towing
he/she/it will have been towing
we will have been towing
you will have been towing
they will have been towing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been towing
you had been towing
he/she/it had been towing
we had been towing
you had been towing
they had been towing
Conditional
I would tow
you would tow
he/she/it would tow
we would tow
you would tow
they would tow
Past Conditional
I would have towed
you would have towed
he/she/it would have towed
we would have towed
you would have towed
they would have towed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tow - the act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or ropetow - the act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope; "the truck gave him a tow to the garage"
haul, haulage, draw - the act of drawing or hauling something; "the haul up the hill went very slowly"
Verb1.tow - drag behindtow - drag behind; "Horses used to tow barges along the canal"
pull along, schlep, shlep - pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance; "Can you shlep this bag of potatoes upstairs?"; "She pulled along a large trunk"
tug - tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"

tow

verb
1. drag, draw, pull, trail, haul, tug, yank, hale, trawl, lug He was using the vehicle to tow his trailer.
noun
1. drag, pull, haul, tug I can give you a tow if you want.
in tow accompanying, following, in attendance, by your side, in convoy, in your charge, under your protection There she was on my doorstep with child in tow.

tow

verb
To exert force so as to move (something) toward the source of the force:
Translations
قَطْر، جَريَقْطُر، يَجُر
vlécivlek
slæbetræktrække
vontatás
dragatog, dráttur
buksyrasvilkimas
buksēšanaņemt tauvāvilkšanavilkt
vlek
vleči

tow

1 [təʊ]
A. N
1. (Aut) (= act) → remolque m; (= rope) → remolque m, cable m de remolque; (= thing towed) → vehículo m remolcado
to give sb a towdar remolque or remolcar a algn
on tow (Brit) in tow (US) → a remolque
to have a car in towllevar un coche de remolque
to take in towdar remolque a
2. (fig) he arrived with a friend in towllegó acompañado de un amigo; (unwillingly) → llegó con un amigo a rastras or a remolque
B. VT
1. [+ car, caravan, boat] → remolcar; [+ barge] (on canal) → sirgar
2. (fig) to tow sth aboutllevar algo consigo
C. CPD tow bar Nbarra f de remolque
tow car N (US) → grúa f, coche m de remolque
tow line N (Naut) (at sea) → maroma f de remolque; (on canal) → sirga f (Aut) → remolque m, cable m de remolque
tow truck N (esp US) → camión m grúa, grúa f, coche m de remolque
tow away VT + ADVremolcar, quitar remolcando
to tow a car awayllevar un coche a la comisaría

tow

2 [təʊ] N (Textiles) → estopa f

tow

[ˈtəʊ]
n
to give sb a tow → remorquer qn
"on tow" (British) "in tow" (US)"véhicule en remorque"
to have sb in tow → traîner qn dans son sillage
There she was on my doorstep with child in tow
BUT Elle était là sur le pas de ma porte, avec un enfant à ses basques.
vtremorquer
to be towed away → être mis(e) en fourrière

tow

:
towbar
towboat
nSchleppschiff nt, → Schlepper m
towcar
n (esp US) → Abschleppwagen m

tow

:
towpath
nTreidelpfad m
towplane
nSchleppflugzeug nt
towrope
tow start
n (Aut) → Anschleppen nt; to give somebody a towjdn anschleppen
tow truck
n (US) → Abschleppwagen m

tow

1
nWerg nt, → Hede f

tow

2
n to take a car in towein Auto abschleppen; to take a yacht in toweine Jacht schleppen or ins Schlepptau nehmen; to give somebody/a car a tow (in car) → jdn/ein Auto abschleppen; (to start) → jdn/ein Auto anschleppen; do you want a tow?soll ich Sie abschleppen/anschleppen?; to give a yacht a toweine Jacht schleppen or ins Schlepptau nehmen; “on tow˜ „Fahrzeug wird abgeschleppt; in tow (fig)im Schlepptau
vt boat, gliderschleppen; car alsoabschleppen; (to start) → anschleppen; trailer, caravanziehen; he was towing a huge dog behind himer zog or schleifte einen riesigen Hund hinter sich (dat)her

tow

[təʊ]
1. nrimorchio
to give sb a tow (Aut) → rimorchiare qn
to be on tow → essere a rimorchio
"on tow", (Am) "in tow" → "veicolo rimorchiato"
he arrived with a friend in tow (fig) (fam) → si è portato dietro un amico
2. vt (boat, car, caravan) → rimorchiare
to tow a car away → portar via una macchina con il carro attrezzi

tow

(təu) verb
to pull (a ship, barge, car, trailer etc) by a rope, chain or cable. The tugboat towed the ship out of the harbour; The car broke down and had to be towed to the garage.
noun
(an) act of towing or process of being towed. Give us a tow!
ˈtowline/ˈtow-rope nouns
a rope etc used in towing.
References in classic literature ?
We were standing outside talking, when they all came running up the steps together, big and little, tow heads and gold heads and brown, and flashing little naked legs; a veritable explosion of life out of the dark cave into the sunlight.
The boats were here hailed, to tow the whale on the larboard side, where fluke chains and other necessaries were already prepared for securing him.
The next day I had my feet thoroughly cleansed and stuffed with tow soaked in some strong lotion; and an unpleasant business it was.
He tore his way through his persecutors, flinging one of them clear over the parapet; he bowled a horse and his rider down, and plunged straight for the next, got home with his horns, wounding both horse and man; on again, here and there and this way and that; and one after another he tore the bowels out of two horses so that they gushed to the ground, and ripped a third one so badly that although they rushed him to cover and shoved his bowels back and stuffed the rents with tow and rode him against the bull again, he couldn't make the trip; he tried to gallop, under the spur, but soon reeled and tottered and fell, all in a heap.
There was a fifty-pound sack of corn meal, and a side of bacon, ammunition, and a four-gallon jug of whisky, and an old book and two newspapers for wadding, besides some tow.
In hottest summer and coldest winter, I was kept almost naked--no shoes, no stockings, no jacket, no trousers, nothing on but a coarse tow linen shirt, reaching only to my knees.
He then commanded his men to row up to that side, and fastening a cable to one of the staples, ordered them to tow my chest, as they called it, toward the ship.
Pray, senora," he added, "manage to save some tow, as there will be no want of some one to use it, for my loins too are rather sore.
Montgomery, who was steering, brought the boat by me, and rising, caught and fastened my painter to the tiller to tow me, for there was no room aboard.
Then, in order not to hinder you, I will get up with you if you please in your carriage, and Tom shall follow with my phaeton in tow.
In this predicament, Captain Sublette found them, in a manner becalmed, or rather run aground, at the little frontier town of Independence, in Missouri, and kindly took them in tow.
Well, sir, it's just a notion that's got into my head: we might hitch them to the car, and make them tow us along.