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mow

noun \ ˈmau̇ \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mow

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

Origin and Etymology of mow

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

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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mow

verb \ ˈmō \

Definition of mow

mowed; mowed or mown play \ˈmōn\; 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

play \ˈmō(-ə)r\ noun

Origin and Etymology of mow

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 1know, blāwan 1blow), 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.


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mow

noun \ ˈmau̇ , ˈmō \

Definition of mow

Origin and Etymology of mow

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


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mow

verb \ ˈmau̇ , ˈmō \

Definition of mow

intransitive verb
:to make grimaces

First Known Use of mow

15th century



MOW Defined for Kids

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mow

noun \ ˈmau̇ \

Definition of mow for Students

:the part of a barn where hay or straw is stored

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mow

verb \ ˈmō \

Definition of mow for Students

mowed; mowed or mown \ˈmōn\; mowing
1 :to cut down with a blade or machine
  • mow grass
2 :to cut the standing plant cover from
  • mow the lawn
3 :to cause to fall in a violent way
  • The team mowed down their opponents.

mower

\ˈmō-ər\ noun


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