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mowing

[moh-ing] /ˈmoʊ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of leveling or cutting down grass, grain, etc., with a mowing machine or scythe.
2.
the quantity of grass, grain, etc., cut in a specified period.
Origin of mowing
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at mow1, -ing1

mow1

[moh] /moʊ/
verb (used with object), mowed, mowed or mown, mowing.
1.
to cut down (grass, grain, etc.) with a scythe or a machine.
2.
to cut grass, grain, etc., from:
to mow the lawn.
verb (used without object), mowed, mowed or mown, mowing.
3.
to cut down grass, grain, etc.
Verb phrases
4.
mow down,
  1. to destroy or kill indiscriminately or in great numbers, as troops in battle.
  2. to defeat, overwhelm, or overcome:
    The team mowed down its first four opponents.
  3. to knock down.
Origin
before 900; Middle English mowen, Old English māwan; cognate with German mähen

mowe

[mou, moh] /maʊ, moʊ/
noun, verb (used without object), mowed, mowing. Archaic.
1.
mow3 .

mow2

[mou] /maʊ/
noun
1.
the place in a barn where hay, sheaves of grain, etc., are stored.
2.
a heap or pile of hay or of sheaves of grain in a barn.
verb (used with object)
3.
Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. to store (hay) in a barn.
Origin
before 900; Middle English mow(e), Old English mūwa, mūha, mūga; cognate with Old Norse mūgi swath

mow3

or mowe

[mou, moh] /maʊ, moʊ/ Archaic.
noun
1.
a wry or derisive grimace.
verb (used without object)
2.
to make mows, mouths, or grimaces.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English mowe < Middle French moue lip, pout, Old French moe < Frankish; akin to Middle Dutch mouwe protruded lip
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  • 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 Johan Bojer
  • 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.

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    Jacob Abbott
  • I am going to the meadows, to see them mowing, I am going to see them make the hay.

  • Hamilton was mowing down the opposing batters with ease and grace.

British Dictionary definitions for mowing

mow1

/məʊ/
verb mows, mowing, mowed, mowed, mown
1.
to cut down (grass, crops, etc) with a hand implement or machine
2.
(transitive) to cut the growing vegetation of (a field, lawn, etc)
Derived Forms
mower, noun
Word Origin
Old English māwan; related to Old High German māen, Middle Dutch maeyen to mow, Latin metere to reap, Welsh medi

mow2

/maʊ/
noun
1.
the part of a barn where hay, straw, etc, is stored
2.
the hay, straw, etc, stored
Word Origin
Old English mūwa; compare Old Norse mūgr heap, Greek mukōn

mow3

/maʊ/
noun, verb
1.
an archaic word for grimace
Word Origin
C14: from Old French moe a pout, or Middle Dutch mouwe
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Word Origin and History for mowing

mow

v.

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.

mow

n.

"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.

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