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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. 2015.
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  • The tug started on slowly, the boys pulled the anchor up, and Nelson found a sixty-foot rope which would serve as a towline.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • 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
  • In the darkness, and the further obscurity caused by the flying water, the bowsprit had fouled the towline.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • The combination always reminds me of a rather stylish tug-boat with its towline attached to a scow on a mud-flat.

  • There Dan joined him with the towline, and the two pulled the launch up to the 81 nearest wharf.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • 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
  • I suppose you are prepared to let go the towline if anything goes wrong, Mr. Passford?

    A Victorious Union Oliver Optic
  • 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 Hsintan rapid the towline parted, and his junk was smashed to pieces by the rocks, and all that he possessed destroyed.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for towline


another name for towrope
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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