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MEW, n. A seafowl of the genus Larus; a gull.

MEW, n. A cage for birds; an inclosure; a place of confinement.

MEW, v.t. [from the noun.] To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.

More pity that the eagle should be mew'd.

Close mew'd in their sedans, for fear of air.

MEW, v.t. [L. muto and moto.] To shed or cast; to change; to molt. The hawk mewed his feathers.

Nine times the moon had mew'd her horns--

MEW, v.i. [L. mugio.] To cry as a cat.

MEW, v.i. To change; to put on a new appearance.




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MEW, n. A seafowl of the genus Larus; a gull.

MEW, n. A cage for birds; an inclosure; a place of confinement.

MEW, v.t. [from the noun.] To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.

More pity that the eagle should be mew'd.

Close mew'd in their sedans, for fear of air.

MEW, v.t. [L. muto and moto.] To shed or cast; to change; to molt. The hawk mewed his feathers.

Nine times the moon had mew'd her horns--

MEW, v.i. [L. mugio.] To cry as a cat.

MEW, v.i. To change; to put on a new appearance.


MEW, n.1 [Sax. mæw; Dan. maage; D. meeuw; G. mewe; Fr. mouette.]

A sea-fowl of the genus Larus; a gull.


MEW, n.2 [Fr. mue; Arm. muz; W. mud, a mew and mute; D. muite. See the verb to mew, to shed feathers.]

  1. A cage for birds; an inclosure; a place of confinement.
  2. A stable.

MEW, v.i.1 [W. mewian; G. miauen; coinciding probably with L. mugio.]

To cry as a cat.


MEW, v.i.2

To change; to put on a new appearance.


MEW, v.t.1 [from the noun.]

To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure. More pity that the eagle should be mew'd. Shak. Close mew'd in their sedans, for fear of air. Dryden.


MEW, v.t.2 [W. miw, a shedding of feathers; It. mudare, to mew; Fr. muer; Arm. muza; G. mausen; D. muiten, to, mew or molt, to mutiny; Sp. muda, change, alteration, a mute letter, time of molding or shedding feathers, roost of a hawk; Port. mudar, to change, to mew or cast feathers or a slough; moda, a dumb woman, the mewing or molting of birds. The W. mud, a mew, is also removal, a pass or move, a change of residence, and mute; and the verb mudaw is to change, to remove, comprehending the L. muto and moto. We have then clear evidence that mew, a cage, mew, to molt, and the L. muto, moto, and mutus, and Eng. mutiny, are all from one root. The primary sense is to press or drive, whence to move, to change, and to shut up, that is, to press or drive close; and this is the sense of mute. Mutiny is from motion or change.]

To shed or cast; to change; to molt. The hawk mewed his feathers. Nine times the moon had mew'd her horns. Dryden.


Mew
  1. A gull, esp. the common British species (Larus canus); called also sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.
  2. To shed or cast] to change; to molt; as, the hawk mewed his feathers.

    Nine times the moon had mewed her horns. Dryden.

  3. To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance.

    Now everything doth mew,
    And shifts his rustic winter robe.
    Turbervile.

  4. A cage for hawks while mewing; a coop for fattening fowls; hence, any inclosure; a place of confinement or shelter; -- in the latter sense usually in the plural.

    Full many a fat partrich had he in mewe. Chaucer.

    Forthcoming from her darksome mew. Spenser.

    Violets in their secret mews. Wordsworth.

  5. To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.

    More pity that the eagle should be mewed. Shak.

    Close mewed in their sedans, for fear of air. Dryden.

  6. To cry as a cat.

    [Written also meaw, meow.] Shak.
  7. The common cry of a cat.

    Shak.
  8. A stable or range of stables for horses; - - compound used in the plural, and so called from the royal stables in London, built on the site of the king's mews for hawks.
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Mew

MEW, noun A seafowl of the genus Larus; a gull.

MEW, noun A cage for birds; an inclosure; a place of confinement.

MEW, verb transitive [from the noun.] To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.

More pity that the eagle should be mew'd.

Close mew'd in their sedans, for fear of air.

MEW, verb transitive [Latin muto and moto.] To shed or cast; to change; to molt. The hawk mewed his feathers.

Nine times the moon had mew'd her horns--

MEW, verb intransitive [Latin mugio.] To cry as a cat.

MEW, verb intransitive To change; to put on a new appearance.

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