What does the word towel mean?

Usage examples for towel

  1. Once in my youth the darkies thought they saw it as they were coming home from church on a moonlight night, but on investigation it turned out to be a towel that had blown out of the window and hung, perhaps on the identical nail that was the undoing of poor Elizabeth. – A House Party with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  2. She had a dish towel over her right arm, opening the door with her left. – Starr, of the Desert by B. M Bower