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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
mow the grass (=cut it with a special machine)
▪ I usually mow the grass once a week.
mowing...lawn (=cutting the grass)
▪ I spent all morning mowing the lawn .
▪ Use your pistol to dispense with individual guards or your machine gun to mow down a line of enemies.
▪ That night an army of street-cleaning machines invades Ninth Avenue from the north, mowing down anything in their paths.
▪ It took me two hours to mow the lawn.
▪ The boy next door mows the lawn for us.
▪ Are they coming to mow the lawn or to liberate the hostages with rakes, clippers and blowers?
▪ How often do you mow the tundra?
▪ I threw myself into the mowing, weeding, pruning, planting, cultivating as only a beginner can.
▪ If a moon show a silver shield, Be not afraid to mow the field.
▪ No, she got pissed when he was mowing the lawn.
▪ That night an army of street-cleaning machines invades Ninth Avenue from the north, mowing down anything in their paths.
▪ Use your pistol to dispense with individual guards or your machine gun to mow down a line of enemies.
▪ Why would you not be afraid to mow the field?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mew \Mew\, n. [AS. m?w, akin to D. meeuw, G. m["o]we, OHG. m?h, Icel. m[=a]r.] (Zo["o]l.) A gull, esp. the common British species ( Larus canus); called also sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English mawan "to mow" (class VII strong verb; past tense meow, past participle mawen), from Proto-Germanic *mæanan (cognates: Middle Low German maeyen, Dutch maaien, Old High German maen, German mähen "to mow," Old English mæd "meadow"), from PIE root *me- (4) "to mow, to cut grass or grain" (cognates: poetic Greek amao, Latin metere "to reap, mow, crop," Italian mietere, Old Irish meithleorai "reapers," Welsh medi). Related: Mowed; mown; mowing.


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


Etymology 1 vb. To cut something (especially grass or crops) down or knock down. Etymology 2

n. (context now only dialectal English) A scornful grimace; a wry face. (from 14th c.) vb. To make grimaces, mock. Etymology 3

n. 1 (context now regional English) A stack of hay, corn, beans or a barn for the storage of hay, corn, beans. 2 The place in a barn where hay or grain in the sheaf is stowed. vb. (context agriculture English) To put into mows. Etymology 4

n. (alternative form of mew nodot=yes English) (a seagull)

  1. n. a loft for storing hay [syn: hayloft]

  2. [also: mown]

  1. v. cut with a blade or mower; "mow the grass" [syn: cut down]

  2. make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip; "mop and mow"; "The girl pouted" [syn: pout, mop]

  3. [also: mown]


MOW may refer to:

  • Maintenance of way, the maintenance of railroad right of way
  • Mercer Oliver Wyman, now part of Oliver Wyman, a management consulting firm
  • Movie of the Week, a television movie
  • March on Washington, a mass political action
  • Movement for the Ordination of Women, an Australian movement supporting the ordination of women in the Anglican Church of Australia
  • Museum de Oude Wolden, a regional art museum in Bellingwolde in the Netherlands

It is also the IATA designation of Moscow area airports:

  • Sheremetyevo International Airport
  • Domodedovo International Airport
  • Vnukovo International Airport
Mow (surname)

Mow is a Chinese surname shared by several notable people.

  • Pang Tzu Mow, 毛邦初, (1904–1987), Chinese, Lt. General of the Republic of China Air Force
  • William Mow, 毛昭寰, (b. 1936), Chinese—American, entrepreneur and founder of the clothing company Bugle Boy, son of Lt. General Mow
  • Van C. Mow, 毛昭憲, (b. 1939), Chinese—American, biomechanics pioneer, son of Lt. General Mow

In these cases, the origin is through the Chinese hanzi 毛, where the use as a surname derives from the feudal title translated as "Earl Mao", establishing a relationship between the surnames " Mao" and "Mow" as having the same origin.

Another origin is through the traditional Chinese hanzi 憲, which has several meanings as both a verb and a noun.

The origins of the surnames for the following people are unclear.

  • Samson Mow (b. 2002), Chinese—Canadian video game developer and entrepreneur

Usage examples of "mow".

Even when you do mow it, the dandelion roots are still there and ready to do the whole thing all over again --examples of the kind of angiosperm that evolved to survive heavy low feeding.

Back at the fire, the gunmen were still waiting to mow de Bono down should he re-emerge.

Perhaps he saunters into a country church-yard, and there finds amongst the rank grass and moss-grown and neglected memorials of the silent multitude, one trim and well-tended monument, uninvaded by cryptogamia, free from all stain of the weather, and the surrounding grassy sward neatly mown and fenced in, it may be, with budding willow branches or a circle of clipped box.

West Point, Indiana, Virginia Emerick carefully mowed around it until it was two-feet wide and weighed 40 pounds.

Out of the psychic blue, very detailed memories of these fights surfaced one afternoon as he was getting ready to mow the Ennet House lawn for Pat in May Y.

By the time Eve got to the Flatiron Building, Peabody had mowed her way through the hoagie and a good portion of chips.

If I ever have a word to say to Luke Jobling, I know it will be with an eye to a good long lie in the morning when he has gone to his mowing or his reaping.

Commander Mown under the usual procedure, or to alert the Battle Center directly.

Captain Crocker was frowning, and even Commander Mown looked concerned as he read the sheet of hard copy Crocker had passed to him.

Half an hour afterward, the sound of a hand-organ in the avenue roused him from the brown study into which he had fallen as he lay on the newly mown grass of the lawn.

The tough Bermuda grass was mown every night by the gardening robots, but it was still like walking over a layer of thick sponge in the morning.

The four of them walked a little way down the mown grass between the rows.

Here, near the forest, the grass was thicker, sweeter, freshly mown and edged with harebells.

Fish and hay wagons rumbled inside with freshly mown hay stacked high as a hut and huge wooden barrels of flounder, monkfish, and herring that made the air smell like the sea.

The familiar scent of freshly mown hay, mixed with the sharp tinge of manure, filled the warm air.