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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 of mow1
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

or mowe

[mou, moh] /maʊ, moʊ/ Archaic.
noun
1.
a wry or derisive grimace.
verb (used without object)
2.
to make mows, mouths, or grimaces.
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 from the Web for mown
Historical Examples
  • Nevertheless they advanced, and continued pressing forward, only to be mown down by the withering fire of our Mausers.

    Through Shot and Flame J. D. Kestell.
  • Whole streets of houses were mown down by the flaming scythe.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Once more they were mown down, and the frenzied survivors took to the water.

    Carry On! Herbert Strang
  • The almshouses, were rebuilt in 1828, when perhaps the grass round them was mown also.

  • A limited number of these will thus form after the crop has been mown for hay.

  • The horses were mown down, now the blades were descending over her.

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • It was made of heavy logs, filled in with cut willow-brush and mown grass.

  • In the mean while, thick and fast was mown the flower of the Christian army.

    The History of Chivalry G. P. R. James
  • Not Ci-devants now; they, the noisy of them, are mown down; it is Republicans now.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • The sward had recently been mown, but the daisies dotted it as thickly as stars.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
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

v.

Old English mawan "to mow" (class VII strong verb; past tense meow, past participle mawen), from Proto-Germanic *mæanan (cf. Middle Low German maeyen, Dutch maaien, Old High German maen, German mähen "to mow," Old English mæd "meadow"), from PIE root *me- "to mow, to cut down grass or grain with a sickle or scythe" (cf. poetic Greek amao, Latin metere "to reap, mow, crop," Italian mietere, Old Irish meithleorai "reapers," Welsh medi). Related: Mowed; mown; mowing.

n.

"stack of hay," Old English muga, muwa "a heap, swath of corn, crowd of people," earlier muha, from Proto-Germanic *mugon (cf. Old Norse mugr "a heap," mostr "crowd"), of uncertain origin.

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