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POW

or P.O.W.

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  1. prisoner of war.
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British Dictionary definitions for p.o.w.

pow1

interjection
  1. an exclamation imitative of a collision, explosion, etc
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pow2

noun
  1. Scot the head or a head of hair
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Word Origin

a Scot variant of poll

pow3

noun
  1. Scot a creek or slow stream
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Word Origin

C15: from earlier Scots poll

POW

abbreviation for
  1. prisoner of war
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Word Origin and History for p.o.w.

P.O.W.

also POW, initialism for prisoner of war, coined 1919 but not common until World War II.

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pow

expression imitative of a blow, collision, etc., first recorded 1881.

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