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mown

[mohn] /moʊn/
verb
1.
a past participle of mow1 .
Related forms
unmown, adjective

mow1

[moh] /moʊ/
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,
  1. to destroy or kill indiscriminately or in great numbers, as troops in battle.
  2. to defeat, overwhelm, or overcome:
    The team mowed down its first four opponents.
  3. to knock down.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English mowen, Old English māwan; cognate with German mähen

mow2

[mou] /maʊ/
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

mow3

[mou, moh] /maʊ, moʊ/
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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Examples for mown
  • The lawns in the inner sanctum are freshly mown and watered.
  • He pulls to the side of the road and gets out, climbing a hill up to a field of new-mown hay.
  • His dark hair is freshly mown and slicked back from a perfect part.
  • And legumes flower and fall and fill the land with the fragrance of new-mown hay.
  • Cattle may be lured by the smell of freshly mown hay, or a bull may become aggressive if he detects a cow in heat.
  • Image shows a mown hay field with two large haystacks near a double rail fence.
  • Both areas are somewhat disturbed-one site is lightly grazed and the other is occasionally mown.
  • Cornfields may also provide a good seedbed provided the stubble is mown as short as possible.
  • Pastures should be either grazed or mown for hay to encourage new growth of high-quality forage.
  • By alternating areas mown each year, valuable winter food and cover will be available for wildlife during the winter.
British Dictionary definitions for mown

mown

/məʊn/
verb
1.
a past participle of mow1

mow1

/məʊ/
verb mows, mowing, mowed, mowed, mown
1.
to cut down (grass, crops, etc) with a hand implement or machine
2.
(transitive) to cut the growing vegetation of (a field, lawn, etc)
Derived Forms
mower, noun
Word Origin
Old English māwan; related to Old High German māen, Middle Dutch maeyen to mow, Latin metere to reap, Welsh medi

mow2

/maʊ/
noun
1.
the part of a barn where hay, straw, etc, is stored
2.
the hay, straw, etc, stored
Word Origin
Old English mūwa; compare Old Norse mūgr heap, Greek mukōn

mow3

/maʊ/
noun, verb
1.
an archaic word for grimace
Word Origin
C14: from Old French moe a pout, or Middle Dutch mouwe
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Word Origin and History for mown
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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Related Abbreviations for mown

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