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TOW, the term given in textile manufacture to the short fibres formed during the processes of scutching and hackling, and also to the yarns which are made from these fibres. A special machine termed a carding engine or a tow card is used to form these fibres into a sliver, this sliver then passes to the drawing frames, and thereafter follows the same process as line yarns in flax spinning.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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