(Tout"er) n. One who seeks customers, as for an inn, a public conveyance, shops, and the like: hence,
an obtrusive candidate for office. [Colloq.]
The prey of ring droppers, . . . duffers, touters, or any of those bloodless sharpers who are, perhaps,
better known to the police.Dickens.
(Touze) v.t & i. See Touse. [Prov. Eng.]
(Tow) n. [OE. tow, AS. tow, akin to OD. touw, Icel. a tuft of wool for spinning; cf. E. taw, v.t.]
The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp, separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle.
(Tow), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Towed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Towing.] [OE. towen, toen; akin to OFries.
toga to pull about, OHG. zogon, Icel. toga, AS. tohline a towline, and AS.teón to draw, p. p. getogen.
See Tug] To draw or pull through the water, as a vessel of any kind, by means of a rope.
(Tow) n. [Cf. Icel. taug a rope, from the same root as E. tow, v. t.]
1. A rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope.
2. The act of towing, or the state of being towed; chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that is to
3. That which is towed, or drawn by a towline, as a barge, raft, collection of boats, ect.
(Tow"age) n. [From Tow, v. Cf. F. touage.]
1. The act of towing.
2. The price paid for towing.
(Tow"all) n. A towel. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(To"ward, To"wards) prep.[AS. impending, imminent, future, toward, towards. See ward, wards.]
1. In the direction of; to.
He set his face toward the wilderness.Num. xxiv. 1.
The waves make towards'b6 the pebbled shore.Shak.
2. With direction to, in a moral sense; with respect or reference to; regarding; concerning.
His eye shall be evil toward his brother.Deut. xxviii. 54.
Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.Acts xxiv. 16.
3. Tending to; in the direction of; in behalf of.
This was the first alarm England received towards any trouble.Clarendom.
4. Near; about; approaching to.
I am toward nine years older since I left you.Swift.