|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
(Judges 16:9). See FLAX.
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) The coarse and broken part of flax or hemp, separated from the finer part by the hatchel or swingle.
2. (v. t.) To draw or pull through the water, as a vessel of any kind, by means of a rope.
3. (n.) A rope by which anything is towed; a towline, or towrope.
4. (n.) The act of towing, or the state of being towed; --chiefly used in the phrase, to take in tow, that is to tow.
5. (v. t.) That which is towed, or drawn by a towline, as a barge, raft, collection of boats, etc.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
to (ne`oreth (Judges 16:9 Isaiah 1:31)): The coarser part of flax, with short threads, used as an example of easily inflammable material. Also Isaiah 43:17 the King James Version for pishtah, the usual word for "flax" (so the English Revised Version), here as used for a wick (so the American Standard Revised Version, the English Revised Version margin).
Tow (3 Occurrences)
Judges 16:9 Now she had an ambush waiting in the inner chamber. She said to him, "The Philistines are on you, Samson!" He broke the cords, as a string of tow is broken when it touches the fire. So his strength was not known. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Isaiah 1:31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Isaiah 43:17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. (KJV DBY WBS)