• (RP) enPR: tō, IPA: /təʊ/
  • (America) enPR: tō, IPA: /toʊ/
  • (British, rare) enPR: tou, IPA: /taʊ/, etymology 2 only

tow (tows, present participle towing; past and past participle towed)

  1. (transitive) To pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul.
  2. (running, cycling, motor racing, etc.) To aid someone behind by shielding them from wind resistance.
Translations Noun

tow (plural tows)

  1. The act of towing and the condition of being towed.
    It isn't the car's battery; I think I need a tow.
  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.
  5. (motor racing) A speed increase given by driving in front of another car on a straight, which causes a slipstream for the car behind.
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  1. An untwisted bundle of fibers such as cellulose acetate, flax, hemp or jute.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Isaiah 1:31 ↗:
      And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
    1. (specifically) The short, coarse, less desirable fibers separated by hackling from the finer longer fibers (line#Etymology_2|line).
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  1. Surname


tow (plural tows)

  1. (military) Initialism of tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided: a kind of antitank missile.

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