Webster 1913 Edition
tow, akin to OD.
tōa 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.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
towen, toȝen; akin to OFries.
togato pull about, OHG. zogōn, Icel.
tohline a towline, and AS.
teónto draw, p. p.
To draw or pull through the water, as a vessel of any kind, by means of a rope.
tauga rope, from the same root as E.
A rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope.
The act of towing, or the state of being towed; – chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that is to tow.
That which is towed, or drawn by a towline, as a barge, raft, collection of boats, ect.
Webster 1828 Edition