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Oakum vs. Tow — What's the Difference?

Oakum vs. Tow — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Oakum and Tow

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Oakum

Oakum is a preparation of tarred fibre used to seal gaps. Its main traditional applications were in shipbuilding, for caulking or packing the joints of timbers in wooden vessels and the deck planking of iron and steel ships; in plumbing, for sealing joints in cast iron pipe; and in log cabins for chinking.
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Tow

To draw or pull behind by a chain or line
A tugboat towing a barge.
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Oakum

Loose hemp or jute fiber, sometimes treated with tar, creosote, or asphalt, used chiefly for caulking seams in wooden ships and packing pipe joints.
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Tow

The act or an instance of towing
Can you give my car a tow?.
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Oakum

A material, consisting of tarred fibres, used to caulk or pack joints in plumbing, masonry, and wooden shipbuilding.
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Tow

Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
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Oakum

The coarse portion separated from flax or hemp in hackling.
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Tow

Something, such as a barge or car, that is towed.
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Oakum

The material obtained by untwisting and picking into loose fiber old hemp ropes; - used for calking the seams of ships, stopping leaks, etc.
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Tow

A rope or cable used in towing.
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Oakum

The coarse portion separated from flax or hemp in nackling.
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Tow

Coarse broken flax or hemp fiber.
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Oakum

Loose hemp or jute fiber obtained by unravelling old ropes; when impregnated with tar it was used to caulk seams and pack joints in wooden ships
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Tow

A continuous untwisted bundle of manufactured fibers.
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Tow

(transitive) To pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul.
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Tow

To aid someone behind by shielding them from wind resistance.
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Tow

The act of towing and the condition of being towed.
It isn't the car's battery; I think I need a tow.
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Tow

Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
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Tow

Something, such as a barge, that is towed.
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Tow

A rope or cable used in towing.
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Tow

(motor racing) A speed increase given by driving in front of another car on a straight, which causes a slipstream for the car behind.
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Tow

An untwisted bundle of fibres such as cellulose acetate, flax, hemp or jute.
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Tow

(specifically) The short, coarse, less desirable fibres separated by hackling from the finer longer fibres (line).
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Tow

The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp, separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle.
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Tow

A rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope.
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Tow

The act of towing, or the state of being towed; - chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that is to tow.
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Tow

That which is towed, or drawn by a towline, as a barge, raft, collection of boats, ect.
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Tow

To draw or pull through the water, as a vessel of any kind, by means of a rope.
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Tow

The act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope;
The truck gave him a tow to the garage
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Tow

Drag behind;
Horses used to tow barges along the canal
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