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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a sudden abrupt pull;
[syn: tug, jerk]

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


VERB (7)

1. pull hard;
- Example: "The prisoner tugged at the chains"
- Example: "This movie tugs at the heart strings"

2. strive and make an effort to reach a goal;
- Example: "She tugged for years to make a decent living"
- Example: "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"
- Example: "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
[syn: tug, labor, labour, push, drive]

3. tow (a vessel) with a tug;
- Example: "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor"

4. carry with difficulty;
- Example: "You'll have to lug this suitcase"
[syn: lug, tote, tug]

5. move by pulling hard;
- Example: "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud"

6. pull or strain hard at;
- Example: "Each oar was tugged by several men"

7. struggle in opposition;
- Example: "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tug \Tug\, v. i. 1. To pull with great effort; to strain in labor; as, to tug at the oar; to tug against the stream. [1913 Webster] He tugged, he shook, till down they came. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To labor; to strive; to struggle. [1913 Webster] England now is left To tug and scamble and to part by the teeth The unowed interest of proud-swelling state. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] At the tug he falls, Vast ruins come along, rent from the smoking walls. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A sort of vehicle, used for conveying timber and heavy articles. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 3. (Naut.) A small, powerful steamboat used to tow vessels; -- called also steam tug, tugboat, and towboat. [1913 Webster] 4. A trace, or drawing strap, of a harness. [1913 Webster] 5. (Mining.) An iron hook of a hoisting tub, to which a tackle is affixed. [1913 Webster] Tug iron, an iron hook or button to which a tug or trace may be attached, as on the shaft of a wagon. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tug \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 plaything.] 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. [1913 Webster] There sweat, there strain, tug the laborious oar. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster] 2. To pull; to pluck. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To ease the pain, His tugged cars suffered with a strain. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

tug n 1: a sudden abrupt pull [syn: tug, jerk] 2: a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships [syn: tugboat, tug, towboat, tower] v 1: pull hard; "The prisoner tugged at the chains"; "This movie tugs at the heart strings" 2: strive and 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" [syn: tug, labor, labour, push, drive] 3: tow (a vessel) with a tug; "The tugboat tugged the freighter into the harbor" 4: carry with difficulty; "You'll have to lug this suitcase" [syn: lug, tote, tug] 5: move by pulling hard; "The horse finally tugged the cart out of the mud" 6: pull or strain hard at; "Each oar was tugged by several men" 7: struggle in opposition; "She tugged and wrestled with her conflicts"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

121 Moby Thesaurus words for "tug": adduct, adduction, affinity, allurement, attract, attractance, attraction, attractiveness, attractivity, back band, backstrap, battle, be magnetic, bearing rein, bellyband, bit, blinders, blinds, breeching, bridle, caparison, capillarity, capillary attraction, cavesson, centripetal force, checkrein, cheekpiece, chinband, cinch, collar, crownband, crupper, curb, draft, drag, draggle, draw, draw towards, drive, fight, gag swivel, girth, gravitation, gravity, hackamore, hale, halter, hames, hametugs, harness, haul, have an attraction, headgear, headstall, heave, hip straps, jaquima, jerk line, lines, lug, lure, magnet, magnetism, magnetize, martingale, moil, mutual attraction, noseband, oppugn, overexert, overexertion, overextend, overextension, overstrain, overstress, overtax, overtaxing, pole strap, press, pull, pull towards, pulling power, rack, reins, ribbons, saddle, shaft tug, side check, snaffle, snake, strain, strain every nerve, straining, stress, stress and strain, stressfulness, stretch, strive, surcingle, sweat blood, sympathy, tack, tackle, take in tow, tax, taxing, tense, tension, toil, tow, traction, trail, train, trappings, trawl, troll, war, warfare, winker braces, work, yoke
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