Definitions for: Tug

[n] a sudden abrupt pull
[n] a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
[v] struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"
[v] pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"
[v] pull or strain hard at; "Each oar was tugged by several men"
[v] move by pulling hard; "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"
[v] exert oneself, make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
[v] carry with difficulty; "You'll have to lug this suitcase"
[v] tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tug, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tugged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tugging.] [OE. toggen; akin to OD. tocken to entice, G.
zucken to jerk, draw, Icel. toga to draw, AS. t['e]on, p. p.
togen, to draw, G. ziehen, OHG. ziohan, Goth. tiuhan, L.
ducere to lead, draw. Cf. Duke, Team, Tie, v. t.,
Touch, Tow, v. t., Tuck to press in, Toy a
1. To pull or draw with great effort; to draw along with
continued exertion; to haul along; to tow; as, to tug a
loaded cart; to tug a ship into port.

There sweat, there strain, tug the laborious oar.

2. To pull; to pluck. [Obs.]

To ease the pain, His tugged cars suffered with a
strain. --Hudibras.

Tug, v. i.
1. To pull with great effort; to strain in labor; as, to tug
at the oar; to tug against the stream.

He tugged, he shook, till down they came. --Milton.

2. To labor; to strive; to struggle.

England now is left To tug and scamble and to part
by the teeth The unowed interest of proud-swelling
state. --Shak.

Tug, n.
1. A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest
called tug of war; a supreme effort.

At the tug he falls, Vast ruins come along, rent
from the smoking walls. --Dryden.

2. A sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy
articles. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

3. (Naut.) A small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels;
-- called also steam tug, tugboat, and towboat.

4. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness.

5. (Mining.) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a
tackle is affixed.

Tug iron, an iron hook or button to which a tug or trace
may be attached, as on the shaft of a wagon.

Synonyms: drive, jerk, labor, labour, lug, push, tote, towboat, tower, tugboat

See Also: attract, boat, carry, displace, draw, draw in, fight, fight, force, helm, move, plough on, press on, pull, pull, pull in, pulling, push on, reach, strain, strive, struggle, struggle, tow, transport

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