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dow1

[dou, doh] /daʊ, doʊ/
verb (used without object), dowed or dought
[dout] /daʊt/ (Show IPA),
dowing. Scot. and North England.
1.
to be able.
2.
to thrive; prosper; do well.
Origin of dow1
900
before 900; Middle English dowen, doghen, Old English dugan to be worthy; cognate with German taugen; cf. doughty

dow2

[dou] /daʊ/
noun
1.
dhow.

dhow

or dau, dow

[dou] /daʊ/
noun
1.
any of various types of sailing vessels used by Arabs on the east African, Arabian, and Indian coasts, generally lateen-rigged on two or three masts.
Origin
1795-1805; < Arabic dāwa
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  • His small office was in the rear of Mrs. Ely's residence which stood on the ground where the dows and Ely block now is.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • The quarters were half a mile from the dows' dwelling—which was two miles away.

  • It was the entrance of the dows party, Miss Sally well to the fore.

  • Mrs. dows declares she has ridden the most fiery of steeds and taken them over the most dangerous jumps.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • A fire was now opened by the whole squadron, directed to the four dows.

    The Pirates Own Book Charles Ellms
  • The dows' pew, being nearer to the entrance than the Reeds', gave up its occupants first.

  • His small office was in the rear of Mrs. Ely's residence, which stood on the ground where the dows & Ely block now is.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
British Dictionary definitions for dows

dhow

/daʊ/
noun
1.
a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic dāwa

Dow

/daʊ; Dutch dɔu/
noun
1.
See Dou
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Word Origin and History for dows

dhow

n.

1799, original language unknown, "single-masted native vessel used on Arabian Sea," later widely applied to all Arab vessels. Klein suggests a relation to Persian dav "running."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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