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[toh-lahyn] /ˈtoʊˌlaɪn/
a line, hawser, or the like, by which anything is or may be towed.
Origin of towline
1710-20; tow1 + line1; compare Old English tohlīne (see tow3) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I'm captain at this end of the towline, and I swear he shall go in.

  • At the end of the towline we nosed along in perfect complacency.

  • He forgot that he was attached by the left shoulder to the towline.

    South from Hudson Bay E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • Far from guessing that the towline had snapped, she was not aware that there was one.


    John William De Forest
  • At the same moment, he cut the towline and ordered the men on the cutter to return and capture the guard near the Southfield.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • In the darkness, and the further obscurity caused by the flying water, the bowsprit had fouled the towline.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • Ought they to cut the towline, throw out the inside ballast, and cut away the mast to ease the straining at the seams?

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • Ought they to cut the towline, get up a bit of a sail, and endeavor to make the north shore of the lake?

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • A couple of fairish paddles were chipped out of bits of driftwood, and a towline a hundred feet long was made of lariats.


    John William De Forest
  • The combination always reminds me of a rather stylish tug-boat with its towline attached to a scow on a mud-flat.

British Dictionary definitions for towline


another name for towrope
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