American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A line used in towing a vessel or vehicle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hawser used for towing vessels. Also towing-rope.
- n. In whaling, the long line which is attached to the toggle-iron or harpoon, and by means of which the whale is made fast to the boat, and may tow it. Also tow-rope.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A line used to tow vessels; a towrope.
- n. (nautical) a rope used in towing
“Contact was established with the boat and an offer of a towline was accepted.”
“We were drifting in darkness in the ocean when we were offered a towline.”
“They were unhooking the towline when Angel received a transmission from Brother Cyrus.”
“When the Bulldog returned, a towline was secured and the destroyer was ordered to make for Iceland.”
“The boarding party then tried to secure a towline from the Bulldog but the tow snapped.”
“He grabbed the electrical cord towline and dragged the turtle to deeper water.”
“At 5 p.m., a helicopter was summoned to airlift the crew from the ship while a tugboat owned by Smit Pentow Marine Salvagers, the John Ross, connected a towline to the carrier and began moving it further offshore.”
“Hmmm…did the guy in the Jeep really hook the towline to the axle?”
“Once the towline goes taut, she is too far away to speak to.”
“And again all this taking place with the Navy snipers lined up and they took out three pirates who were onboard that lifeboat, then shimmied over on the towline and rescued Captain Phillips.”
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