- 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.
A tow truck will give you a tow.
- to pull by a rope or chain
- to pull or drag behind
Origin of towMiddle 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
- being towed
- in one's company or retinue
- under one's control or charge
Origin of towMiddle English ; from Old English tow-, for spinning, akin to tawian: see taw
transitive verbtowed, tow·ing, tows
- The act or an instance of towing: Can you give my car a tow?
- a. Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.b. Something, such as a barge or car, that is towed.
- A rope or cable used in towing.
Origin of towMiddle English towen, from Old English togian; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
- Coarse broken flax or hemp fiber.
- A continuous untwisted bundle of manufactured fibers.
Origin of towMiddle English, possibly from Old English tow-, spinning (in towcræft, spinning craft, spinning).
(third-person singular simple present tows, present participle towing, simple past and past participle towed)
Origin uncertain; compare Old Norse tó (“uncleansed wool”), Old English tow- (“spinning”) (in compounds, e.g. towcræft, towhūs), perhaps cognate with Gothic (taujan, “do, make”) .