Tow is defined as to drag behind, often with a rope or chain.(verb)
An example of tow is for a truck to pull a disabled vehicle to the repair shop.
The definition of a tow is something being dragged, or the broken fibers of hemp or flax before spinning into thread.(noun)
Tow means related to a device for dragging.(adjective)
An example of tow used as an adjective is the phrase "tow truck," which means a truck for pulling disabled vehicles.
See tow in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME towen < OE togian < IE base *deuk-, to pull > duct
Origin: ME < OE tow-, for spinning, akin to tawian: see taw
See tow in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb towed, tow·ing, tows
Origin: Middle English towen
Origin: , from Old English togian; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , possibly from Old English tow-, spinning (in tow-crǽft, spinning craft, spinning).
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