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  Dictionary Definition of tow

tow [1]
verb (t)
1. to drag or pull (a boat, car, etc.) by means of a rope or chain.
-- noun
2. the act of towing.
3. the thing being towed.
4. a rope, chain, etc., for towing.
5. the state of being towed.
-- phrase
6. in tow, a. in the condition of being towed. b. under guidance; in one's charge. c. in attendance; following or accompanying one around.
7. on tow or under tow, in the condition of being towed.
[ME towe ( n ), OE togian pull by force, drag, c. MHG zogen draw, tug, drag. Cf. TUG ]