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What is "Tow" - Definition & Explanation

A large group of continuous filaments, such as nylon, polyester without any definite twist. An untwisted rope. The rope may be later be cut into staple fibers.
Shorter linen fibers separated out from longer line fibers when they are hackled (combed). Can be used for an underlayer of stuffing.
A large bundle of continuous manufactured filament fibers, such as polyester, as they are extruded from the spinerette, and before they have been cut into staple fibers.
A large bundle of manufactured filament fiber as they are extruded from the spinerette, and before they have been cut into staple fibers.
Yarn or cloth made of tow, namely a short or broken fiber (as of flax, hemp, or synthetic material) that is used especially for yarn, twine, or stuffing.
Continuous synthetic fibre filaments (without twist) collected in a loose rope-like form and held together by crimp. Tow is the form before fibre is cut into staple.

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