- Tow means related to a device for dragging.
An example of tow used as an adjective is the phrase "tow truck," which means a truck for pulling disabled vehicles.
- The definition of a tow is something being dragged, or the broken fibers of hemp or flax before spinning into thread.
- An example of a tow is a boat being pulled along by a truck.
- An example of tow is a broken flax fiber.
- Tow is defined as to drag behind, often with a rope or chain.
An example of tow is for a truck to pull a disabled vehicle to the repair shop.
tow definition by Webster's New World
- to pull by a rope or chain
- to pull or drag behind
Origin: Middle English towen ; from Old English togian ; from Indo-European base an unverified form deuk-, to pull from source duct
- a towing or being towed
- something towed
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English tow-, for spinning, akin to tawian: see taw
tow definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb towed, tow·ing, tows
- a. The act or an instance of towing.b. The condition of being towed: a car with a trailer in tow.
- Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
- Something, such as a barge or car, that is towed.
- A rope or cable used in towing.
Origin: Middle English towen, from Old English togian; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
- towˈa·ble adjective
- towˈer noun
Origin: Middle English, possibly from Old English tow-, spinning (in tow-crǽft, spinning craft, spinning).
tow - Phrases/Idioms
- being towed
- in one's company or retinue
- under one's control or charge
- Under close guidance; in one's charge: The new student was taken in tow by a peer counselor.
- As a companion or follower: came to dinner with a friend in tow.