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lawn mower

or lawnmower

a hand-operated or motor-driven machine for cutting the grass of a lawn.
Also called mower.
Origin of lawn mower
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Others trimmed hedges and trees, put the lawn mower to their grass, bolstered up sagging fences, and rehung gates.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • He was rather glad it was not the season for the lawn mower.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • Fred, of the furnace and lawn mower, would shake a doleful head.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • “He has gone to town to have the lawn mower repaired,” answered Laura.

    The Putnam Hall Cadets Arthur M. Winfield
  • The shearing machine acts on the principle of the lawn mower and either cuts the nap completely or leaves a pile surface.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Don't you remember Bikey, who threw you over the lawn mower?

  • We finally solved it with the aid of a lawn mower, flower beds, and imagination.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for lawn mower

lawn mower

a hand-operated or power-operated machine with rotary blades for cutting grass on lawns
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lawn mower

also lawn-mower, 1853 as a type of machine to cut grass, from lawn (n.1) + mower.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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