Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of TUG

Pronunciation:  tug

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a sudden abrupt pull
  2. [n]  a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
  3. [v]  struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"
  4. [v]  pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings"
  5. [v]  pull or strain hard at; "Each oar was tugged by several men"
  6. [v]  move by pulling hard; "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"
  7. [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"
  8. [v]  carry with difficulty; "You'll have to lug this suitcase"
  9. [v]  tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"

TUG is a 3 letter word that starts with T.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.