any of various vessels having a flat-bottomed rectangular hull with sloping ends, built in various sizes with or without means of propulsion, as barges, punts, rowboats, or sailboats.
Eastern U.S. a barge carrying bulk material in an open hold.
an old or clumsy boat; hulk; tub.
to transport by scow.
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How to use scow in a sentence
Here the “c” is hard and represents 7, and as the steamboat could easily outrun the “scow,” the phrase is easily remembered.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
It was an ancient scow, housed over, and evidently had grown venerable in service as a floating fish-market.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
See him as he journeys down the Yukon in a scow loaded with lumber for a mission building.Heroes of To-Day | Mary R. Parkman
Footnote 23: A batteau is a kind of scow or flat-boat, used on shallow streams like the Hudson above Waterford.The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers, 1758-1775 | Abraham Tomlinson
I do not remember the embarking on the great scow for our trip down the Columbia to the Cascades.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail | Ezra Meeker
British Dictionary definitions for scow
an unpowered barge used for freight; lighter
(esp in the midwestern US) a sailing yacht with a flat bottom, designed to plane
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