a line, hawser, or the like, by which anything is or may be towed.

1710–20; tow1 + line1; compare Old English tohlīne (see tow3) Unabridged
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towline (ˈtəʊˌlaɪn)
another name for towrope

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Example sentences
There were unexplained shipwrecks and brave towline rescues.
When towing two skiers and one skier falls, the second skier shall let go of
  the towline.
Running for the harbor, the towline broke as they tried to steer into the
  narrow, tricky channel.
Place the test sled on the center of the specimen with the nylon towline
  parallel to the long dimension of the specimen.
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