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stow

[stoh] /stoʊ/
verb (used with object)
1.
Nautical.
  1. to put (cargo, provisions, etc.) in the places intended for them.
  2. to put (sails, spars, gear, etc.) in the proper place or condition when not in use.
2.
to put in a place or receptacle, as for storage or reserve; pack:
He stowed the potatoes in our cellar.
3.
to fill (a place or receptacle) by packing:
to stow a carton with books.
4.
to have or afford room for; hold.
5.
Slang. to stop; break off:
Stow it! Stow the talk!
6.
to put away, as in a safe or convenient place (often followed by away).
7.
to lodge or quarter.
Verb phrases
8.
stow away, to conceal oneself aboard a ship or other conveyance in order to obtain free transportation or to elude pursuers.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English stowen, Old English stōwigan to keep, hold back (literally, to place), derivative of stōw place; akin to Old Norse eldstō fireplace, Gothic stojan to judge (literally, to place)
Related forms
stowable, adjective
restow, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the web for stowed
  • If you're a cyclist, then you likely have a heap of them stowed away, ready for to use.
  • Tools, keys and snacks can all be stowed either on an actual water bottle, or a water-bottle sized container.
  • And finally, go for a discrete digital camera that can be stowed away.
  • They likely stowed away in the ballast tanks of a ship, according to scientists.
  • But the cells where they stowed him were apparently no match for his ill-gotten gains.
  • Please ensure that your seat belt is fastened, your seat back is upright and your tray-table is stowed.
  • Once there, every sling had to be unloaded, and the cargo stowed properly.
  • Past that, whether ammunition is permitted and how it is to be stowed as checked baggage is up to the individual airline.
  • Preboarding privileges will be extended to photographers and videographers to ensure that the camera equipment is stowed properly.
  • Someone might be able to steal the money while your bag is stowed in the overhead compartment or under your seat.
British Dictionary definitions for stowed

stow

/stəʊ/
verb (transitive)
1.
(often foll by away) to pack or store
2.
to fill by packing
3.
(nautical) to pack or put away (cargo, sails and other gear, etc)
4.
to have enough room for
5.
(usually imperative) (Brit, slang) to cease from: stow your noise!, stow it!
Word Origin
Old English stōwian to keep, hold back, from stōw a place; related to Old High German stouwen to accuse, Gothic stōjan to judge, Old Slavonic staviti to place

Stow

/stəʊ/
noun
1.
John. 1525–1605, English antiquary, noted for his Survey of London and Westminster (1598; 1603)
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Word Origin and History for stowed

stow

v.

c.1300, verbal use of Old English noun stow "a place" (common in place names) from Proto-Germanic *stowijanan (cf. Old Frisian sto "place," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch stouwen "to stow," Old High German stouwen "to stop, check," German stauen "to stow"), from PIE *stau-, from root *sta- "to stand" (cf. Old Church Slavonic stavljo "to place," Lithuanian stoviu "to stand;" see stet). The nautical sense of "put away to be stored, pack" (1550s) was enforced by Dutch stouwen "to cram, pack up close." Related: Stowed; stowing.

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