Definition of scow
: a large flat-bottomed boat with broad square ends used chiefly for transporting bulk material (such as ore, sand, or refuse)
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WITHIN DAYS, 150 freight and passenger boats, 30 scows and 14 log rafts had passed through the locks.
Sledge got the tools and learned the techniques when Maness bought Nunivak, a power scow built for World War II use, from the same company that built Dolphin.
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Origin and Etymology of scow
Dutch schouw; akin to Old High German scalta punt pole
First Known Use: 1669See Words from the same year
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Definition of scow for Students
: 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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