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Etymology 1Edit

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

VerbEdit

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, motor racing, 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.
  5. (motor racing) A speed increase given by driving in front of another car on a straight, which causes a slipstream for the car behind.
    • 2019 September 8, Andrew Benson, BBC Sport[1]:
      On Saturday, Vettel was very unhappy with Leclerc's failure to work out a way through the traffic and give him a tow for the second runs in qualifying, as had been agreed.
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From Middle English touw, from Old English tow- (spinning) (in compounds, e.g. towcræft, towhūs, towlic), from Proto-Germanic *tawwą; compare Old Norse (uncleansed wool), Dutch touw (rope). Perhaps cognate with Old English tawian (prepare for use), Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌿𐌾𐌰𐌽 (taujan, do, make).[1]

NounEdit

tow (countable and uncountable, plural tows)

  1. An untwisted bundle of fibers such as cellulose acetate, flax, hemp or jute.
    1. (specifically) The short, coarse, less desirable fibers separated by hackling from the finer longer fibers (line).
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  1. ^ tow” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English tow-; for more see English tow.

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tow

  1. Unprepared flax, especially used as a firestarter.
  2. The fibrous matter of flax or a similar plant; (tow).
  3. Oakum, hards; the rough portion of flax separated during hackling.

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  • English: tow
  • Scots: towe

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