- a line, hawser, or the like, by which anything is or may be towed.
Origin of towline
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Examples from the Web for towline
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.Sometub's Cruise on the C. & O. Canal
John Pryor Cowan
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.Overland
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
- another name for towrope
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