Crossword clues for tow
- Job for a wrecker
- What a broken-down car may get
- Result of an emergency call, maybe
- Request after breaking down
- Glider's need
- Result of a road emergency
- What you might need after a breakdown
- Drag behind, as a trailer
- AAA offering
- Job for a repo man
- Haul to an impound lot
- What tugboats do
- Drag away
- Request after a breakdown
- What may follow a breakdown
- Way up at a ski resort
- Pull to a pound
- Remove from a no-parking zone, say
- A busy mom might keep a child in this
- Aftermath of a breakdown
- The act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope
- It's a drag
- In _____ (following)
- Service station offering
- Stranded motorist's need
- Auto club service
- Pull along
- Marooned motorist's need
- What you need after a breakdown
- Kind of truck
- Request after an auto breakdown
- Wrecker's job
- Exercise pull?
- Emergency measure
- Stalled driver's request
- Road help
- It may be covered by insurance
- Emergency job
- Job for Triple A
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tow \Tow\ (t[=o]), n. [OE. tow, AS. tow, akin to OD. touw, Icel. t[=o] a tuft of wool for spinning; cf. E. taw, v. t.] The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp, separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle.
Tow \Tow\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Towed (t[=o]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Towing.] [OE. towen, to[yogh]en; akin to OFries. toga to pull about, OHG. zog[=o]n, Icel. toga, AS. tohline a towline, and AS. te['o]n to draw, p. p. getogen. See Tug.] To draw or pull through the water, as a vessel of any kind, by means of a rope.
Tow \Tow\, n. [Cf. Icel. taug a rope, from the same root as E. tow, v. t.]
A rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope.
The act of towing, or the state of being towed; -- chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that is to tow.
That which is towed, or drawn by a towline, as a barge, raft, collection of boats, ect.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"pull with a rope," Old English togian "to drag, pull," from Proto-Germanic *tugojanan (cognates: Old English teon "to draw," Old Frisian togia "to pull about," Old Norse toga, Old High German zogon, German ziehen "to draw, pull, drag"), from PIE root *deuk- "to pull, draw" (cognates: Latin ducere "to lead;" see duke (n.)). Related: Towed; towing.
"the coarse, broken fibers of flax, hemp, etc., separated from the finer parts," late 14c., probably from Old English tow- "spinning" (in towlic "fit for spinning," tow-hus "spinning-room"), perhaps cognate with Gothic taujan "to do, make," Middle Dutch touwen "to knit, weave," from Proto-Germanic *taw- "to manufacture" (see taw (v.)).
c.1600, "rope used in towing," from tow (v.). Meaning "act or fact of being towed" is from 1620s.
Etymology 1 n. 1 The act of towing and the condition of being towed. 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. vb. (context transitive English) To pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul. Etymology 2
n. An untwisted bundle of fibers such as wikipedia:cellulose acetate, flax, hemp or jute.
n. the act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope; "the truck gave him a tow to the garage" [syn: towage]
v. drag behind; "Horses used to tow barges along the canal"
In the composites industry, a tow is an untwisted bundle of continuous filaments, and it refers to man-made fibres, particularly carbon fibres (also called graphite). Tows are designated by the number of fibers they contain. For example, a 12K tow contains about 12,000 fibres.
In the textile industry, a tow is a coarse, broken fibre, removed during processing flax, hemp, or jute. Flax tows are often used as upholstery stuffing, and tows in general are frequently cut up to produce staple fibre.
Usage examples of "tow".
CHAPTER FORTY-ONE Harry went back aboard Bucephalas to assess the damage, with James and Matthew Caufield in tow.
The fairing for the towed array extended longitudinally aft from the leading edge of the sail to the stern.
With few wasted motions, Ake tied Ray to his line and then began towing him back toward the hatch.
Each was authorized to use as much time each day after regular working hours as he considered necessary to conduct his training, which would not be limited to docking and undocking, anchoring and unanchoring, but would include towing and being towed, fueling and provisioning while under way, and launch and recovery.
Only Temith would decide, not only to come back, but with a Belthasian guard and an Animist in tow.
Machen arrived, because his cell was detached from its position at a bay on the farthest spar of Idlewild and towed around the side of the station by Arachno service personnel, at the ends of their long lines.
The trader was towed clear of the inside harbour before being allowed to stretch sails, flanked by Imperial galleys that would provide escort crossing Aren Bay.
He squared his shoulders in the new blue livery, drew his whip downwards across the towing horse and out into the waters slipped the Colleen Bawn at a good four miles an hour.
Since this was a shore-to-shore operation mounted in Corsica, the men were lifted in beaching craft and LCPRs towed by motor launches.
The short drop downriver to the loading wharf at Woolwich passed off uneventfully, and Lieutenant Kaye by what miracle no one knew was there before them, and had bespoke a berth and loaders, even a launch to help tow and nudge the Biter in, all sail doused beforehand, no need for kedges, all smart and shipshape enough for the greatest stickler in the land.
It was five nights later, in fact, that Will and Sam saw the ship again, after Biter had limped to the Nore and then been towed by dockyard pull boats up to Deptford.
The list was now proclaimed to be full, and the gondolas were towed off, as before, towards the starting point, leaving the place beneath the stern of the Bucentaur, vacant.
Except by the time the county tow showed up to haul it away, neither Ennis Rafferty nor Curtis Wilcox believed it was a Buick at all.
Trooper Wilcox, he got about three-quarters of an hour with that Buick before the county tow showed up with its orange light flashing.
Curtis Wilcox squirming in his seat but never taking his eyes off the Buick being towed along in front of him.