- 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 mows
Guests included a judge, the head of the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce, and Harry Rankins, who mows her lawn.Harper Lee’s Sister, Alice, Is 100, Still Practices Law, and Remembers Everything
Mary McDonagh Murphy
April 1, 2012
He mows down a proletarian and a Marshall Field with the same scythe.
The boy who mows the lawn wants more than the landlady is willing to pay.Modern Americans
On either side were the mows, the hay stacked in them down to the ground.The Corner House Girls on a Tour
Grace Brooks Hill
August is the passivity in the presence of the Reaper who mows the golden grain.Turns about Town
Robert Cortes Holliday
Some hours after we came to a barn, the mows of which were filled with corn-blades.Capturing a Locomotive
- 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 mows
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.