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meanings of tow


  1. Initialism of tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided: a kind of antitank missile.
  2. A rope or cable used in towing.
  3. A speed increase given by driving in front of another car on a straight, which causes a slipstream for the car behind.
  4. The act of towing and the condition of being towed.
  5. Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
  6. The short, coarse, less desirable fibers separated by hackling from the finer longer fibers (line).
  7. An untwisted bundle of fibers such as cellulose acetate, flax, hemp or jute.
  8. Something, such as a barge, that is towed.


  1. To pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul.
  2. To aid someone behind by shielding them from wind resistance.


  1. A surname​.

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