scow

noun
\ ˈskau̇ How to pronounce scow (audio) \

Definition of scow

: a large flat-bottomed boat with broad square ends used chiefly for transporting bulk material (such as ore, sand, or refuse)

Examples of scow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over a century ago, the 80-foot-long scow was dredging for a tugboat along the Niagara River, upstream from Niagara Falls. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "Boat Stuck at Niagara Falls Moves for First Time Since 1918," 5 Nov. 2019 The two men opened the bottom of the scow to flood it and slow it down. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 7 Nov. 2019 The commission extensively documented it last year to mark the 100th anniversary of the rescue and grounding of the scow. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Boat trapped for 101 years near edge of Niagara Falls moves after Halloween night storm," 3 Nov. 2019 The scow broke loose from its tug with two men aboard on Aug. 6, 1918, and began drifting toward the treacherous falls, according to Niagara Parks. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Trapped on Niagara Falls Rocks for 101 Years, Big Boat Is Finally Dislodged by Severe Storm," 4 Nov. 2019 In 1918, a vessel known as a dumping scow became disconnected from its tug boat -- with two men aboard -- during a dredging operation, according to the Commission, an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Jeanne Bonner, CNN, "Heavy wind, rain dislodge boat trapped on rocks above Niagara Falls 101 years," 2 Nov. 2019 The scow, a monument to the event, had never budged. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 7 Nov. 2019 Severe rain and wind has managed to move a massive iron scow that has been stuck on a rocky perch near Niagara Falls since 1918. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Massive ship stranded on rocks for 101 years at Niagra Falls dislodged by severe storms," 3 Nov. 2019 The agency says the boat, an iron dumping scow, became stuck after an incident on August 6, 1918, where the barge broke loose from a tugboat. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Boat trapped for 101 years near edge of Niagara Falls moves after Halloween night storm," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of scow

1669, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scow

Dutch schouw; akin to Old High German scalta punt pole

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5 Jan 2020

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“Scow.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scow. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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scow

noun
\ ˈskau̇ How to pronounce scow (audio) \

Kids Definition of scow

: a large boat with a flat bottom and square ends that is used chiefly for loading and unloading ships and for carrying rubbish

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