Shire vs Tow - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between shire and tow

is that shire is former administrative area of britain; a county while tow is the act of towing and the condition of being towed or tow can be an untwisted bundle of fibers such as , flax, hemp or jute.

As verbs the difference between shire and tow

is that shire is to (re]])constitute as one or more shires or [[county|counties while tow is to pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul.

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shire

English

Noun

(wikipedia shire) (en noun)
  • Former administrative area of Britain; a county.
  • Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.
  • (UK, colloquial) The general area in which a person lives, used in the context of travel within the UK.
  • When are you coming back to the shire ?
  • A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
  • A shire horse.
  • Verb

    (shir)
  • To (re]])constitute as one or more shires or [[county, counties.
  • * 1985 , Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy , page 291:
  • Although he still managed formally to shire the province in the summer and autumn of 1585, his plan to establish a presidential government and complete the integration of Ulster into English Ireland met with royal indifference.
  • * 2012 , James Lydon, The Making of Ireland: From Ancient Times to the Present (ISBN 1134981503), page 160:
  • The province was shired into nine counties,
    County Longford was shired in 1586

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    tow

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul.
  • Noun

    (wikipedia tow) (en noun)
  • The act of towing and the condition of being towed.
  • It isn't the car's battery, I think I need a tow .
  • Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.
  • Something, such as a barge, that is towed.
  • A rope or cable used in towing.
  • Derived terms
    * in tow / on tow * tow rope * tow truck * towy * under tow * undertow

    Etymology 2

    Origin uncertain; compare (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An untwisted bundle of fibers such as , flax, hemp or jute.
  • Derived terms
    * tow haired * towhead

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