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  1. a line, hawser, or the like, by which anything is or may be towed.
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Origin of towline

1710–20; tow1 + line1; compare Old English tohlīne (see tow3)
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Historical Examples of towline

  • I'm captain at this end of the towline, and I swear he shall go in.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863


  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for towline


  1. another name for towrope
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