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tow

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1. Informal (in motor racing, etc.) the act of taking advantage of the slipstream of another car (esp in the phrase get a tow)
2. short for ski tow

tow

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1. the fibres of hemp, flax, jute, etc., in the scutched state
2. synthetic fibres preparatory to spinning
3. the coarser fibres discarded after combing

Tow

 

the short fiber obtained after the cleaning of the fibrous wastes (mixtures of entangled fibers and scutch) that are formed in processing the flax and hemp stocks into long fiber on scutching machines. The cleaning of the wastes (the removal of the scutch) is done on a tow-cleaning machine equipped with a breaker, scutching drums, and a shaker. Tow is used in the textile industry for spinning coarse thick yarn.

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(engineering)
To haul by a rope or chain, for example, to haul a disabled ship by another vessel or an automotive vehicle by another vehicle.
To propel by pushing, as a tugboat piloting a ship.
(textiles)
The broken, short, matted fiber that is removed during separation of long fibers of flax, hemp, or jute,
A large number of continuous filaments collected in ropelike form without a definite twist.
The coarsest linen yarns used to make crash.
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The River Towy, which is the longest river in Wales, is a great sewin river.
The boat clubs Towy, Ferryside, Carmarthen and Laugharne are looking, the coracle boys are all looking, the farmers too.
Elwyn Williams, whose land is beside the Towy, said: "It is never safe.
Zoe Backstedt was presented with her prize by her dad, with Heledd Hunt, of Towy Riders, second and Awen Roberts, also from Towy Riders, in third.
Leader Hanagan managed to land the 7f juvenile maiden on Home Office for trainer Mark Johnston, but it was Hughes who had most to celebrate after completing a treble on Towy Boy for Ian Wood in the 5f handicap, Pipers Piping for Paul Howling in the 7f handicap and Colour Scheme for Brian Meehan in the 1m1f maiden.
The winner has gone on to run with credit in handicap company since, and Towy Valley will not have to improve greatly to land a contest of this nature.
The winner has gone on to run with credit in handicap company since and Towy Valley will not have to improve greatly to land a contest of this nature.
The Environment Agency today said that in Wales the rivers Towy, Rheidol and Wye had flood warnings for certain stretches, the Severn in the Midlands was expected to flood and the Vyrnwy, on the border, had flood warnings.
A spokeswoman for the couple's Towy Events business, which runs the antiques and flea market, said: "This is a fantastic chance for someone to purchase an original Sir Kyffin Williams painting.
The source told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /, that the IS gangs seized Albu Chelaib and Towy areas North of Ramadi after a violent attack today started with a suicide bomber in a military vehicle bomb and the eruption of violent clashes that forced the security forces for a tactical withdrawal waiting for support.
The Wye & Towy Valley group, which represents six Welsh farms, provides Welsh Black beef to Dovecote Park, Waitrose's dedicated beef suppliers.
And on Tuesday, April 3, from 11am to 3pm, it's antiques valuation day with Robert and Carol Pugh of Towy Antiques Fairs, to find out more about your antiques.