verb (used with object)
- to put (cargo, provisions, etc.) in the places intended for them.
- to put (sails, spars, gear, etc.) in the proper place or condition when not in use.
Origin of stow
Examples from the Web for stowed
Animals that could fit in a pet carrier and be stowed according to train guidelines would be eligible for travel.
Once, Schmit asked Adam if he stowed a gun onboard the Quest.
We all lose when national treasures like Hillary Clinton are stowed away from our public eyes.
The hives were brought out and paid for and stowed in the back of the car.The Windy Hill|Cornelia Meigs
But with the other man's help he managed to get the boat aboard and stowed away again.The White Blackbird|Hudson Douglas
The sparrows industriously collected all manner of rubbish, and stowed it away under the tiles of the Navigation School.The Red Room|August Strindberg
Even now, as he stowed the smaller articles in the carriage, he had a great lump in his throat.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys|Lewis Hough
We stowed the canoes in a granary, and asked among the children for a guide.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for stowed (1 of 2)
Word Origin for stow
British Dictionary definitions for stowed (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for stowed
c.1300, verbal use of Old English noun stow "a place" (common in place names) from Proto-Germanic *stowijanan (cf. Old Frisian sto "place," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch stouwen "to stow," Old High German stouwen "to stop, check," German stauen "to stow"), from PIE *stau-, from root *sta- "to stand" (cf. Old Church Slavonic stavljo "to place," Lithuanian stoviu "to stand;" see stet). The nautical sense of "put away to be stored, pack" (1550s) was enforced by Dutch stouwen "to cram, pack up close." Related: Stowed; stowing.