\ \ English has two words tow. The older, ‘pull’ [OE], came from a prehistoric Germanic *togōjan (source also of Norwegian togapull’).
\ \ This was derived from the base *tog-, variants of which gave English team, tug, etc, and it goes back ultimately to the same Indo-European base as produced Latin dūcerepull, lead’ (source of English conduct, duke, etc). Towflax or hemp fibre’ [14] was borrowed from Middle Low German touw. This probably went back to the prehistoric Germanic base *tōw-, *taw- ‘make, prepare’ (source also of English tool), in the specialized sense ‘make yarn from wool, spin’.

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  • Tow — Tow, n. [Cf. Icel. taug a rope, from the same root as E. tow, v. t.] 1. A rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of towing, or the state of being towed; chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tow — tow1 [tō] vt. [ME towen < OE togian < IE base * deuk , to pull > DUCT] 1. to pull by a rope or chain 2. to pull or drag behind n. 1. a towing or being towed 2. something towed 3 …   English World dictionary

  • tow — ► VERB ▪ use a vehicle or boat to pull (another vehicle or boat) along. ► NOUN ▪ an act of towing. ● in tow Cf. ↑in tow DERIVATIVES towable adjective towage noun …   English terms dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • TOW — steht für: Take Off Weight, Gewicht beim Loslösen der Bremsen zum Startlauf von Flugzeugen; siehe Treibstoffberechnung Tower Air, ehemalige amerikanische Fluggesellschaft (ICAO Code) Tube Launched Optically Tracked Wire Guided Missile; siehe TOW… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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