mow
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, heap, stack, from Old English mūga; akin to Old Norse mūgi heap Date: before 12th century 1. a piled-up stack (as of hay or fodder); also a pile of hay or grain in a barn 2. the part of a barn where hay or straw is stored II. verb (mowed; mowed or mown; mowing) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English māwan; akin to Old High German māen to mow, Latin metere to reap, mow, Greek aman Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to cut down with a scythe or sickle or machine b. to cut the standing herbage (as grass) of 2. a. (1) to kill or destroy in great numbers or mercilessly <
machine guns mowed down the enemy
>
(2) to cause to fall ; knock down b. to overcome swiftly and decisively ; rout <
mowed down the opposing team
>
intransitive verb to cut down standing herbage (as grass) • mower noun III. noun Etymology: Middle English mowe, from Anglo-French mouwe, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch mouwe protruding lip Date: 14th century grimace IV. intransitive verb Date: 15th century to make grimaces

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  • Mow — (m[=o]), v. t. [imp. {Mowed} (m[=o]d); p. p. {Mowed} or {Mown} (m[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Mowing}.] [OE. mowen, mawen, AS. m[=a]wan; akin to D. maaijen, G. m[ a]hen, OHG. m[=a]jan, Dan. meie, L. metere to reap, mow, Gr. ama^n. Cf. {Math}, {Mead}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Mow — (mou), v. t. To lay, as hay or sheaves of grain, in a heap or mass in a barn; to pile and stow away. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Mow — Mow, v. i. To make mouths. [1913 Webster] Nodding, becking, and mowing. Tyndale. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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