the act of towing.
the state of being towed.
the price or charge for towing.

Origin of towage

First recorded in 1555–65; tow1 + -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for towage

Historical Examples of towage

  • It saves millions of dollars in towage to London alone every year.

    Among the Forces

    Henry White Warren

  • For the towage of pleasure boats it is occasionally used, though these upper regions are rarely indeed penetrated by tourists.

  • He's got to be a sharp on towage, because he's got to take risks in storms that drive an ocean-going tug to port.

  • He was sure to get his own extortionate terms out of me for towage whether he frowned or smiled.


    Joseph Conrad

  • See if you can't get the charterers to pay the towage over to her loading port.

    Cappy Ricks Retires

    Peter B. Kyne

British Dictionary definitions for towage



a charge made for towing
the act of towing or the state of being towed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012