mow

1 of 4

noun (1)

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

mow

2 of 4

verb (1)

mowed; mowed or mown ˈmōn How to pronounce mow (audio) ; mowing

transitive verb

1
a
: to cut down with a scythe or sickle or machine
b
: to cut the standing herbage (such as grass) of
mow the lawn
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 (such as grass)
mower noun
mowed; mowing; mows

intransitive verb

: to make grimaces

Examples of mow in a Sentence

Verb (1) you really should mow the lawn before it gets much higher an afternoon spent mowing hay Noun (2) her mow suggested that she wasn't looking forward to a long evening of political speeches
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The county has since taken the case to the Kansas Court of Appeals for further review, arguing that the arrangement at Plaza at the Speedway is effectively a maintenance agreement to seed and mow land — not a real farm. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 22 May 2024 According to city officials, Detroit will consider cancelling tickets for overgrown lots if homeowners are participating in the no mow May movement with no indication of longstanding neglect. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2024 The robot lawn mower uses its own camera to identify grassy areas and mows without the need for set-up. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Apr. 2024 Monday was the first full day of spring, and warm weather will likely remind many that its time for the first mow. Sean McDonnell, cleveland, 22 Mar. 2022 Learn more and and purchase tickets at www.alaskabg.org Don’t rake or blow, mow: All the stuff blown down on the lawn is great microbe food. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2023 Rather than roaming in a random pattern, as most auto-mowers do, the Automower 415X mows in a stripe or checkerboard pattern, which will make your lawn look like professional landscapers have cared for it. Kate Morgan, Popular Mechanics, 25 May 2023 Once it's programmed, the robot goes out to mow, then returns to its charging station when there's a certain amount of battery life remaining, such as 10 or 15 percent. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 26 July 2023 For faster control without resorting to a burner or herbicide, mow or use a strong trimmer to cut the weeds close to the ground. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 1 June 2023
Verb
By next week, parks officials hope to get another 40 workers on board and ready to mow, Gilmore said. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, 30 May 2024 King didn’t come out of his home much, the neighbor said, except to mow his lawn or wash his car. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 Not mowing your lawn and allowing these plants to spread can create weed pest problems that people on neighboring properties likely will have to manage with herbicides. Christina Grozinger, Discover Magazine, 22 May 2024 That is, GenZ and baby boomers (68% and 63% respectively) most often extend their business trips, compared to Millennials and GenX (44% and 48%) That makes sense, since those in the middle of the age spectrum are the most likely to have kids, pets and a lawn to mow. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, 18 May 2024 In eight turns through Snell’s spot in the rotation, the Giants have gone 1-7, only winning for the first time behind Mason Black on Sunday while Snell mowed through Single-A hitters on the other end of the San Francisco Bay. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 Every so often, a team is lucky enough to mow through the late innings with a set sequence of pitchers. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2024 The city couldn’t cover the cost of the utilities or mow the grass more than once a month, Benavides learned in a letter. Eric Guzmán, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2024 No Mow May is a campaign that encourages people to refrain from mowing their lawns during May. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, heap, stack, from Old English mūga; akin to Old Norse mūgi heap

Verb (1)

Middle English mowen, going back to Old English māwan (past participle māwen), going back to West Germanic *mēan- (whence, with a differing hiatus consonant, Old Frisian miā, miān "to mow," Middle Dutch maeyen, Old High German *māen), going back to an Indo-European verbal base *h2meh1- "reap, mow," whence also Greek amáō, amân "to reap, cut" (perhaps from *h2mh1-eh2-)

Note: Old English māwan is a Class VII strong verb (like cnāwan know entry 1, blāwan blow entry 1), though a weak verb in later Middle and Modern English and in other Germanic languages. The element *-eh1- in *h2meh1- has been treated as a suffix, with a parallel derivative *h2m-et- yielding Italo-Celtic *met-, in Latin metō, metere "to reap, harvest, cut off," Welsh medaf, medi "to reap," Middle Breton midiff, Breton mediñ, Middle Irish meithel "reaping party," Welsh medel. Hittite hamešha(nt)- "spring, harvest time" has also been connected with *h2meh1-, though with some dispute. Cf. aftermath, meadow.

Noun (2)

Middle English mowe, from Anglo-French mouwe, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch mouwe protruding lip

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mow was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mow. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

mow

1 of 2 noun
1
: a stack of hay or straw
2
: the part of a barn where hay or straw is stored

mow

2 of 2 verb
mowed; mowed or mown ˈmōn How to pronounce mow (audio) ; mowing
1
: to cut down with a scythe or machine
mow hay
2
: to cut the standing leafy plant cover from
mow a lawn
3
: to kill or destroy in great numbers
4
: to overcome completely
mow down the other team
mower noun
Etymology

Noun

Old English mūga "heap, stack"

Verb

Old English māwan "to mow (as hay)"

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