towel

Definitions

  • Towel Rack
    Towel Rack
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v towel wipe with a towel "towel your hair dry"
    • n towel a rectangular piece of absorbent cloth (or paper) for drying or wiping
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Rocking-Chair, Towel Rack, and Chair Rocking-Chair, Towel Rack, and Chair
puppies tugging towel puppies tugging towel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Bromide, Oklahoma it is illegal for children to use towels as capes and jump from houses pretending to be superman.
    • n Towel A cloth used for wiping, especially one used for drying anything wet, as the person after a bath.
    • v. t Towel To beat with a stick.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tablecloths were originally meant to serve as towels with which guests could wipe their hands and faces after dinner.
    • n towel A cloth used for wiping anything dry; especially, a cloth for drying the person after bathing or washing.
    • n towel Eccles.:
    • n towel The rich covering of silk and gold which used to be laid over the top of the altar except during mass.
    • n towel A linen altarcloth.
    • towel To rub or wipe with a towel.
    • towel To cudgel; lam.
    • towel To use a towel; rub or wipe with a towel.
    • n towel Same as tewel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Towel tow′el a cloth for wiping the skin after it is washed, and for other purposes: an altar-cloth
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Idioms

Throw in the towel - If you throw in the towel, you admit that you are defeated or cannot do something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. towaille, towail, F. touaille, LL. toacula, of Teutonic origin; cf. OHG. dwahila, swahilla, G. zwehle, fr. OHG. dwahan, to wash; akin to D. dwaal, a towel, AS. þweán, to wash, OS. thwahan, Icel. þvā, Sw. två, Dan. toe, Goth. þwahan,. Cf. Doily
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. touaille—Old High Ger. twahilla (Ger. zwehle)—Old High Ger. twahan, to wash.

Usage

In literature:

If a towel be wetted with water, why does the wet portion become darker than before?
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
In some tables a towel rack may be attached to one of the sides.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
Give me a towel, somebody.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
When she had taken a dry towel and sat down by the window to polish her china David understood that his opportunity had come.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Another had books in it, and the last had a clean towel spread over what was inside.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Warm towels, you say?
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Under this white bed-spread were small bundles of hand-spun linen towels, yellow with age but in perfect condition as to wear.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Tom, help yourself to a towel, and be careful not to wipe the plates on a glass towel.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
What a price to give for a towel!
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
Mony time I hae got a wipe wi' a towel, but ne'er a daub wi' a dishclout before.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The Wildcat secured a folded towel from the rack above his head, and in a moment the panther was muffled.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
It was so funny to see her, all done up in that towel.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Where did you retrieve that dirty towel?
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
June poured water into the basin and found a towel.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Pat with towel or absorbent paper to take out all moisture possible.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Her hair was hidden under a towel.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Then she returned to him with her towel, one end of it wetted and soaped.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
Then perhaps you try to dry yourself with a towel.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
It was cotton and big as a towel.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Madeleine came to her senses to find her antagonist bending over her with a wet towel and weeping hysterically.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
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In poetry:

Cravats like towels, thick and broad,
Long tippets made of bear-skin,
Muffs that a RUSSIAN might applaud,
And rouge to spoil a fair skin.
"Female Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson
Warm water's running, there's a bath by and by!
Here is a towel, now get yourself dry!
The meat's on the oven, and you will be fed!
There where I lie, there is your bed.)
"Ode [Óda]" by Attila Jozsef
In a dirty old house lived a Dirty Old Man;
Soap, towels, or brushes were not in his plan.
For forty long years, as the neighbors declared,
His house never once had been cleaned or repaired.
"The Dirty Old Man" by William Allingham
Lobbin Clout.
As once I play'd at Blindman's-Buff, it hapt
About my eyes the towel thick was wrapt.
I miss'd the swains, and seiz'd on Blouzelind;
True speaks that ancient proverb, Love is blind.
"The Shepherd's Week : Monday; or the Squabble" by John Gay
Then he took the King into the barn,
Saying, "I hope, sir, you've met with no great harm;
And for five men to attack you, it's a disgrace;
But stay, I'll fetch a towel and water to wash your face."
"An Adventure in the Life of King James V of Scotland" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the King said, "John, I give you Braehead farm as it stands,
On condition you provide a towel and basin of water to wash my hands,
If ever I chance to come your way.
Then John said, "Thanks to your Majesty, I'll willingly obey."
"An Adventure in the Life of King James V of Scotland" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Roger Craig has a towel in his office he looks at every day.
Pat dry with paper towels.
The towel stays cool for an extended period, and it can be recharged repeatedly.
Milk, eggs and kitchen towels.
Of the 29 metals studied, 26 were found on more than 90% of the towels tested.
Flood fighters won't throw in towel: Lower Valley Alliance wants reconsideration of Army Corps decision.
Joan Towell Reis , 66, of Marshall, Mo.
Born at Leachville, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Kathleen Holmes towel and was a retired registered nurse.
2 newspaper publisher Knight Ridder (KRI) threw in the towel Monday.
Why debt super committee is poised to throw in the towel.
Local fighter Mark George isn't ready to throw in the towel .
Will Schr?der Throw In The Towel .
Tarkanian Decides It's Time to Throw In the Towel .
Craft up your own beach towel and beach bag with our easy how to.
From waterproof cameras to the most innovative towel, you'll be in for a nice long day at the shore.
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In science:

G. G., Towell and J. W., Shavlik, “Extracting refined rules from knowledge-based system neural networks,” Machine Learning, vol. 13, 1993, pp. 71-101. L. Fu, “Rule learning by searching on adapted nets,” Proceedings of the Ninth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, The MIT Press, Menlo Park, CA, 1991, pp.
RGANN: An Efficient Algorithm to Extract Rules from ANNs
Grandmother Farmer used to make braided rugs from old skirts and petticoats from old dish towels, and we sincerely hope that you are well enough paid that you don’t have to do either.
Astrophysics in 2006
It is here that we choose to throw in the towel and switch to a coarser notion of intersection, denoted by (cid:117)∗ .
Julia: A Fast Dynamic Language for Technical Computing
Towell, to be published in the proceedings of the Workshop on DIS, Chicago, April 1997. 26.
The Structure of Hadrons
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