from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A path along a canal or river used by animals towing boats.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The path on the bank of a canal or river along which draft-animals travel when towing boats.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A path traveled by men or animals in towing boats; -- called also towing path.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a path alongside a canal or river, originally for horses towing barges, now more often used as a footpath

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a path along a canal or river used by animals towing boats


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  • Here a young couple asked me today

    how far to the next place along the towpath

    where they might veer to the shops on a fleeting visit.

    - Peter Reading, Early Closing, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008