\ 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)

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The crafts are destroyed on impact and handily fished out by attending boaters who drag it to a waiting garbage scow. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Minneapolis’ ‘Spooner’s Revenge’ wins Red Bull Flugtag event after placing second in 2010," 7 Sep. 2019 Then came the big moment: The scow began to heel to one side, its mainsail dipping toward the water. Simon Peter Groebner,, "Come sail away at this fun northern Minnesota resort on Lake Vermilion," 6 June 2018 Conveniently, Peter, a veteran racer with the Twin Cities club, already had crewing an A-scow on his bucket list. Simon Peter Groebner,, "Come sail away at this fun northern Minnesota resort on Lake Vermilion," 6 June 2018 These incentives have spawned a meandering armada of live-aboard cabin cruisers, barges, narrowboats, and other gaily painted scows now afloat on Britain’s inland waterways, some just barely. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Low-Cost Way to Live Abroad: Buy a Boat," 30 Mar. 2018 UC Berkeley freshmen Will Edgar, Gevorg Mailyan and Isaias Marroquin also showed up along Hyde Street, hoping to get a close look at the historic schooners, scows and tugs docked at the famous pier. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area residents, visitors feel sting of government shutdown," 21 Jan. 2018 That number is a long way from the heyday of San Francisco’s working waterfront, when the Mission Creek channel was crowded with lumber schooners, hay scows and ocean-going sailing vessels. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "What’s up with Lefty O’Doul Bridge? It’s locked, reaching skyward during repairs," 1 Jan. 2018 WITHIN DAYS, 150 freight and passenger boats, 30 scows and 14 log rafts had passed through the locks. Jennifer Ott, The Seattle Times, "Our Ship Canal has provided a century of connections," 28 June 2017 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. Doug Capra, Alaska Dispatch News, "A 1945 ship, restored and ready to work another salmon run in Bristol Bay," 25 June 2017

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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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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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