mow

mow

1 [moh]
verb (used with object), mowed, mowed or mown, mowing.
1.
to cut down (grass, grain, etc.) with a scythe or a machine.
2.
to cut grass, grain, etc., from: to mow the lawn.
verb (used without object), mowed, mowed or mown, mowing.
3.
to cut down grass, grain, etc.
Verb phrases
4.
mow down,
a.
to destroy or kill indiscriminately or in great numbers, as troops in battle.
b.
to defeat, overwhelm, or overcome: The team mowed down its first four opponents.
c.
to knock down.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English mowen, Old English māwan; cognate with German mähen

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mow

2 [mou]
noun
1.
the place in a barn where hay, sheaves of grain, etc., are stored.
2.
a heap or pile of hay or of sheaves of grain in a barn.
verb (used with object)
3.
Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. to store (hay) in a barn.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English mow(e), Old English mūwa, mūha, mūga; cognate with Old Norse mūgi swath

mow

3 [mou, moh] Archaic.
noun
1.
a wry or derisive grimace.
verb (used without object)
2.
to make mows, mouths, or grimaces.
Also, mowe.


Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English mowe < Middle French moue lip, pout, Old French moe < Frankish; akin to Middle Dutch mouwe protruded lip

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mow1 (məʊ)
 
vb , mows, mowing, mowed, mowed, mown
1.  to cut down (grass, crops, etc) with a hand implement or machine
2.  (tr) to cut the growing vegetation of (a field, lawn, etc)
 
[Old English māwan; related to Old High German māen, Middle Dutch maeyen to mow, Latin metere to reap, Welsh medi]
 
'mower1
 
n

mow2 (maʊ)
 
n
1.  the part of a barn where hay, straw, etc, is stored
2.  the hay, straw, etc, stored
 
[Old English mūwa; compare Old Norse mūgr heap, Greek mukōn]

mow3 (maʊ)
 
n, —vb
an archaic word for grimace
 
[C14: from Old French moe a pout, or Middle Dutch mouwe]

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mow
O.E. mawan (class VII strong verb; past tense meow, pp. mawen), from P.Gmc. *mæanan (cf. M.L.G. maeyen, Du. maaien, Ger. mähen "to mow," O.E. mæd "meadow"), from PIE base *me- "to mow" (cf. poetic Gk. amao, L. metere, It. mietere, Welsh medi). Related: Mowed; mown; mowing.

mow
"stack of hay," O.E. muga, muwa "a heap, swath of corn, crowd of people," earlier muha, from P.Gmc. *mugon (cf. O.N. mugr "a heap," mostr "crowd").
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