• WordNet 3.6
    • v tow drag behind "Horses used to tow barges along the canal"
    • n tow the act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope "the truck gave him a tow to the garage"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tow A rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope.
    • Tow That which is towed, or drawn by a towline, as a barge, raft, collection of boats, ect.
    • Tow The act of towing, or the state of being towed; -- chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that is to tow.
    • n Tow The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp, separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle.
    • v. t Tow To draw or pull through the water, as a vessel of any kind, by means of a rope.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tow To make fluffy by picking to pieces, as hair.
    • tow To pull; draw; haul; especially, to drag through the water by means of a rope or chain: as, to tow a small boat astern; to tow a vessel into harbor. The towing of boats on canals is generally performed by horses or mules; on other waters, by steamboats specially constructed for the purpose, and known as towboats or tugboats, or simply as tugs.
    • tow To dredge with a towing-net. See towing, n., 2.
    • n tow The act of towing, or the state of being towed: generally with in: as, to take a disabled vessel in tow.
    • n tow A vessel or number of vessels that are being towed.
    • n tow A rope.
    • n tow The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle.
    • n tow In hecking, a quantity of hemp fibers sufficient for spinning a yarn 160 fathoms long. These fibers are passed twice through the heckle, and are then tied up into a bundle, which weighs about 3½ pounds.
    • tow An obsolete or dialectal form of tough.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Tow to pull a vessel through the water with a rope
    • n Tow originally a rope for towing with: the coarse part of flax or hemp: the act of towing
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  • Betty Grable
    Betty Grable
    “I have got tow reasons for success and I'm standing on both of them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. towen, toȝen; akin to OFries. toga, to pull about, OHG. zogōn, Icel. toga, AS. toh,line a towline, and AS. teón, to draw, p. p. getogen,. See Tug


In literature:

The "Thisbe" stood on, towing them after her.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
I caught hold of the spar, bidding Clement keep his head above the water while I towed it to the mast.
"Happy Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Murray intended to tow one of the brigs, while Jack was to tow the other.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
The expedition having opened the bay of Trangsund, a Russian man-of-war steamer, with two large gunboats in tow, was seen not far off.
"Our Sailors" by W.H.G. Kingston
One of the gigs, the fastest boat, led the way, each boat taking the one next to her in tow.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
The two boats were at once made fast to the tow-line.
"The Cruise of the Dainty" by William H. G. Kingston
Having the prize in tow, we were making all sail on our homeward course.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
Night came on; the fireship, towed by the boats, entered the basin.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
But I might get a barge, and you could tow it.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
She went down near shore, being towed there by the Monarch.
"The Gulf and Inland Waters" by A. T. Mahan
One of their frigates had taken in tow the other, who had lost her topmast, and our squadron came up with her very fast.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
The steamer towed the lifeboat to windward of the wreck into such a position that when cast adrift she could bear down on her.
"Battles with the Sea" by R.M. Ballantyne
So I tows him over to my corner, and arranges him easy in an armchair.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
You'd better get overside before I pull out, or I'll tow your canoe under.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
The gunboats and their prizes were taken in tow by the schooners and brigs, and towed out of range of the enemy's shot.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Having stunned it by the heavy blows they inflicted, they towed it back in triumph.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
A metalled towing-path runs along each bank.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
I did not care to tow the Islander against the swift current.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
We then left with a scow in tow, and proceeded down the river and anchored off Wright's Creek.
"Reminiscences of Two Years in the United States Navy" by John M. Batten
Never saw a craft tow sail closer tow a wind.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables

In poetry:

Young and fresh.
From the clouds he danceth
Down upon the marble rocks;
Then tow'rd heaven
Leaps exulting.
"Mahomet's Song" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"If I were ance at London Tow'r,
Where I was wont to be,
I never mair shou'd gang frae hame,
Till borne on a bier-tree."
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
Forth on my journey I depart,
Opprest with grief and woe,
And tow'rds my brother's distant court,
With breaking heart, I goe.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Yet if one gentle ray of hope
Can sooth the soul to rest;
Oh ! may it pierce yon flinty tow'r,
And warm my GYNNETH's breast:
"Lewin and Gynneth" by Mary Darby Robinson
From tow'r to tow'r the watchmen cry,
`O Gwin, the son of Nore,
Arouse thyself! the nations, black
Like clouds, come rolling o'er!'
"Gwin King of Norway" by William Blake
A' ye hae to coont yersel rich in
'S a wee mawn o' glory-motes!
The whilk to the throne ye're aye hitchin
Wi a lang tow o' sapphire notes!
"I Ken Something" by George MacDonald

In news:

The Coast Guard responded, and repaired the vessel and it was towed back to port.
With a new album and a two-piece band in tow, Kentucky cellist Ben Sollee arrives at the Cactus Cafe on Saturday night, Nov 3.
Towed away for a parking violation.
With few exceptions, there also is a mandatory 12-hour hold at the towing company before the vehicle can be released.
New Towing Permits Flirt with a Year of Indecision .
One of the trucks involved in the two-truck jackknife accident Friday morning has been removed from the site--the second is being towed away.
Tow truck preparing to remove one of the overturned tractor trailers.
Retired engineer Bruce Campbell had this bird flown to Oregon, then towed to his property, where he lives in it for half the year.
The hitch allows Road Crab to be towed offset to vehicle's driver side, so the driver and towing vehicle can remain in the right lane.
A memorial tow truck procession will be held Saturday, May 12, for slain Buffalo, N.Y. Tow truck operator Corddaryl Henley.
Hundreds of Seaside Heights residents can reclaim their vehicles tomorrow at no charge from a Toms River towing company who was harshly criticized for alleged price gouging and inappropriate towing practices in Sandy's wake.
Discussed a proposed ordinance Tuesday, Oct 12, that would stop predatory towing and standardize fees for towing companies operating on private parking lots, according to a news report.
Back when I was traveling for Friends of Towing, I had the opportunity to visit with several law enforcement officials in England, who explained how their non-consent towing worked.
Three Gainseville towing companies have received one too many violations, now they will have to pay the price for improperly roam -towing.
Safeguard 's former manager, Patrick Sanford, owns his own towing outfit, Titan Towing.

In science:

To evaluate the new estimation method, we consider tow correlated standard Gaussian variables with covariance ρ, of which mutual information is − 1 2 log (1 − ρ2 ).
Mutual information is copula entropy
Design and development of the prototype was the first step tow ards the final "Pi of the Sky" system.
Prompt optical observations of GRBs with "Pi of the Sky" system
Children generally sing the same note an octave or tow higher than adults.
Music in Terms of Science
However, how each resonator in the combined system reduces its own energy is an open question though we can intuitively think the heat bath may play crucial role in the asymmetric thermalization of the two resonators as tow open system.
Noise Suppression for Micromechanical Resonator via Intrinsic Dynamic Feedback
Tow important facts concerning quasi-parallel shocks should be noted here.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
From here, it’s “onward ho!” to a self-consistent model of star formation, with magnetic fields in tow.
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies
Unlike the problem of a rigid cylinder towed through liquid at zero Reynolds number, the undulating cylinder does not suffer from the Stokes paradox [65, 92], since the total force on the cylinder is zero.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The drag flow is the flow induced by freezing the shape of the swimmer and towing it at velocity U with a force F, to be determined.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
A related method was also devised to transport micron-size ob jects at the single-cell level [303], and a theoretical framework for towing by swimming now exists [304]. A final application of flagella motion is pumping.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Rotational dynamics of a superhelix towed in a stokes fluid.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Leshansky. Efficiency of cargo towing by a microswimmer.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Testing for dependence between tow covariance stationary time series.
On nonparametric and semiparametric testing for multivariate linear time series
The part of tow this paper was expressed challenges and limitations of the SOA systems testing, and the existing solutions to solve some of them.
A survey of service oriented architecture systems testing
Nason presented the calculation of tow-inclusive photo-production.
QCD and high energy hadronic interaction: Summary talk (theory)
There are tow possible causes leading to such discrepancies.
Force Unfolding Single RNAs: from Equilibrium to Far-from Equilibrium