- the act of leveling or cutting down grass, grain, etc., with a mowing machine or scythe.
- the quantity of grass, grain, etc., cut in a specified period.
Origin of mowing
- to cut down (grass, grain, etc.) with a scythe or a machine.
- to cut grass, grain, etc., from: to mow the lawn.
- to cut down grass, grain, etc.
- mow down,
- to destroy or kill indiscriminately or in great numbers, as troops in battle.
- to defeat, overwhelm, or overcome: The team mowed down its first four opponents.
- to knock down.
Origin of mow1
- the place in a barn where hay, sheaves of grain, etc., are stored.
- a heap or pile of hay or of sheaves of grain in a barn.
- Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. to store (hay) in a barn.
Origin of mow2
- a wry or derisive grimace.
- to make mows, mouths, or grimaces.
Origin of mow3
Examples from the Web for mowing
Political ads showing Harry Reid on rider mower, mowing the Mall?PJ’s Political Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatheads
P. J. O’Rourke
March 14, 2014
She often worked multiple jobs at a time, including tutoring, carpentry, mowing highways, waiting tables, and clerking.From Hero to Homeless: Tara Dixon’s Story
July 4, 2013
History is likely to dispense with the euphemism of "mowing the lawn" and call this what it is: perpetual war.What Gaza Means For Iran
November 26, 2012
He opens his last essay, “Mowing,” with: “Sometimes everything seems simple.”Nicholson Baker, Katie Kitamura, and This Week’s Hot Reads: July 30, 2012
July 30, 2012
He'll sell you a mowing machine and the grass seed to grow the hay to cut with it.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
After a while Peer went down and drove the mowing machine himself.The Great Hunger
The other men were as busy as ever mowing more hay and hauling in that which was cured.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
The men were mowing this grass when Mr. George and Rollo were there.Rollo on the Rhine
I am going to the meadows, to see them mowing, I am going to see them make the hay.Aunt Kitty's Stories
- to cut down (grass, crops, etc) with a hand implement or machine
- (tr) to cut the growing vegetation of (a field, lawn, etc)
- the part of a barn where hay, straw, etc, is stored
- the hay, straw, etc, stored
- an archaic word for grimace
Word Origin and History for mowing
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.
"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.