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 for towboat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Towboat \Tow"boat`\, n.
     1. A vessel constructed for being towed, as a canal boat.
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     2. A steamer used for towing other vessels; a tug.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tug \Tug\, n.
     1. A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest
        called tug of war; a supreme effort.
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              At the tug he falls,
              Vast ruins come along, rent from the smoking walls.
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     2. A sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy
        articles. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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     3. (Naut.) A small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels;
        -- called also steam tug, tugboat, and towboat.
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     4. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.
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     5. (Mining.) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a
        tackle is affixed.
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     Tug iron, an iron hook or button to which a tug or trace
        may be attached, as on the shaft of a wagon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
           [syn: tugboat, tug, towboat, tower]

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