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MOW, n. A heap, mass or pile of hay deposited in a barn.

[We never give this name to hay piled in the field or open air. The latter is called a stack or rick.]

MOW, v.t. To lay hay in a heap or mass in a barn, or to lay it in a suitable manner.

MOW, v.t. pret. mower; pp. mowed or mown. [The L. has meto, and the Gr. to mow or reap. The last radical letter is not ascertained.]

1. To cut down with a scythe, as grass or other plants. We say, to mow grass.

2. To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow.

3. To cut down with speed; to cut down indiscriminately, or in great numbers or quantity. We say, a discharge of grape shot mows down whole ranks of men. Hence Saturn or Time is represented with a scythe, an emblem of the general and indiscriminate destruction of the human race by death.

MOW, v.i. To cut grass; to practice mowing; to use the scythe. Does the man mow well?

1. To perform the business of mowing; to cut and make grass into hay; to gather the crop of grass, or other crop.

[In America, mow is not applied to the cutting of wheat or rye. When these are cut with a scythe, they are said to be cradled. Oats and barley are sometimes mowed.]

MOW, n. [from mouth.] A wry face.

MOW, v.i. To make mouths.




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MOW, n. A heap, mass or pile of hay deposited in a barn.

[We never give this name to hay piled in the field or open air. The latter is called a stack or rick.]

MOW, v.t. To lay hay in a heap or mass in a barn, or to lay it in a suitable manner.

MOW, v.t. pret. mower; pp. mowed or mown. [The L. has meto, and the Gr. to mow or reap. The last radical letter is not ascertained.]

1. To cut down with a scythe, as grass or other plants. We say, to mow grass.

2. To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow.

3. To cut down with speed; to cut down indiscriminately, or in great numbers or quantity. We say, a discharge of grape shot mows down whole ranks of men. Hence Saturn or Time is represented with a scythe, an emblem of the general and indiscriminate destruction of the human race by death.

MOW, v.i. To cut grass; to practice mowing; to use the scythe. Does the man mow well?

1. To perform the business of mowing; to cut and make grass into hay; to gather the crop of grass, or other crop.

[In America, mow is not applied to the cutting of wheat or rye. When these are cut with a scythe, they are said to be cradled. Oats and barley are sometimes mowed.]

MOW, n. [from mouth.] A wry face.

MOW, v.i. To make mouths.


MOW, n. [Sax. mowe or muga; It. mucchio, a heap or mass; Sp. mucho, much; Sw. mycken, many, much.]

A heap, mass or pile of hay deposited in a barn. [We never give this name to hay piled in the field or open air. The latter is called a stack or rick.]


MOW, n. [from mouth.]

A wry face. [Obs.] Shak.


MOW, v.i.1

  1. To cut grass; to practice mowing; to use the sythe. Does the man mow well?
  2. To perform the business of mowing; to cut and make grass into hay; to gather the crop of grass, or other crop. [In America, mow is not applied to the cutting of wheat or rye. When these are cut with a sythe, they are said to be cradled. Oats and barley are sometimes mowed.]

MOW, v.i.2

To make mouths. [Obs.] Ascham.


MOW, v.t.1

To lay hay in a heap or mass in a barn, or to lay it in a suitable manner.


MOW, v.t.2 [pret. mowed; pp. mowed or mown; Sax. mawan; D. maaijen or maayen; Sw. meya; Dan. mejer; G. mähen. In Sp. and Port. mochar is to cut off. The L. has meto, and the Gr. αμαω, to mow or reap. The last radical letter is not ascertained.]

  1. To cut down with a sythe, as grass or other plants. We say, to mow grass.
  2. To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow.
  3. To cut down with speed; to cut down indiscriminately, or in great numbers or quantity. We say, a discharge of grape shot mows down whole ranks of men. Hence Saturn or Time is represented with a sythe, an emblem of the general and indiscriminate destruction of the human race by death.

Mow
  1. A wry face.

    "Make mows at him." Shak.
  2. To make mouths.

    Nodding, becking, and mowing. Tyndale.

  3. Same as Mew, a gull.
  4. May; can.

    "Thou mow now escapen." [Obs.] Chaucer.

    Our walles mowe not make hem resistence. Chaucer.

  5. To cut down, as grass, with a scythe or machine.
  6. To cut grass, etc., with a scythe, or with a machine; to cut grass for hay.
  7. A heap or mass of hay or of sheaves of grain stowed in a barn.
  8. To lay, as hay or sheaves of grain, in a heap or mass in a barn; to pile and stow away.
  9. To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow.
  10. The place in a barn where hay or grain in the sheaf is stowed.
  11. To cut down; to cause to fall in rows or masses, as in mowing grass; -- with down; as, a discharge of grapeshot mows down whole ranks of men.
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Mow

MOW, noun A heap, mass or pile of hay deposited in a barn.

[We never give this name to hay piled in the field or open air. The latter is called a stack or rick.]

MOW, verb transitive To lay hay in a heap or mass in a barn, or to lay it in a suitable manner.

MOW, verb transitive preterit tense mower; participle passive mowed or mown. [The Latin has meto, and the Gr. to mow or reap. The last radical letter is not ascertained.]

1. To cut down with a scythe, as grass or other plants. We say, to mow grass.

2. To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow.

3. To cut down with speed; to cut down indiscriminately, or in great numbers or quantity. We say, a discharge of grape shot mows down whole ranks of men. Hence Saturn or Time is represented with a scythe, an emblem of the general and indiscriminate destruction of the human race by death.

MOW, verb intransitive To cut grass; to practice mowing; to use the scythe. Does the man mow well?

1. To perform the business of mowing; to cut and make grass into hay; to gather the crop of grass, or other crop.

[In America, mow is not applied to the cutting of wheat or rye. When these are cut with a scythe, they are said to be cradled. Oats and barley are sometimes mowed.]

MOW, noun [from mouth.] A wry face.

MOW, verb intransitive To make mouths.

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