Main definitions of mow in English

: mow1mow2

mow1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Cut down (grass) with a machine:

    ‘Roger mowed the lawn’
    ‘the delicious smell of newly mown grass’
    • ‘They wake up to note their freshly mowed lawn grew back while they slept.’
    • ‘You also may want these firms to regularly mow and water your lawn.’
    • ‘The grass verges were neatly mowed and the signage was good.’
    • ‘The large park was neatly mown and the large trees provided a pleasant view from the road.’
    • ‘When they did sit down to eat, they were surrounded by the smell of newly mown grass.’
    • ‘It was a hot day and the windows were open and the smell of newly mown grass wafted in from the playing fields.’
    • ‘She sat there and watched as the sun settled on her newly mowed grass.’
    • ‘Very princely of him to surprise her with a freshly mowed lawn.’
    • ‘I have a back room that I'm now living out of and the grounds are nicely mowed and clipped.’
    • ‘Is your course manicured with tightly mown fairways, fast, firm greens and deep greenside bunkers?’
    • ‘As I walked up the freshly mowed lawn, I saw the usual sight.’
    • ‘I mowed my yard a few days ago and didn't wear a shirt.’
    • ‘Was it possible that even the most enterprising farmer could be mowing his meadows in March?’
    • ‘The results showed that mowing at 0.125 inches regardless of the bentgrass variety produced weaker, stressed plants.’
    • ‘Is it newly mown grass, pies baking, or a favorite aunt's perfume?’
    • ‘They did a wonderful job of keeping the greens neatly mowed and weeded.’
    • ‘Later that day I saw Kristen again while I was outside mowing the yard.’
    • ‘While we mowed the fairway, we'd make at least one pass around the green.’
    • ‘Don't regularly mow the outer few feet of your lawn.’
    • ‘Keep infants and young children away from newly mown grass.’
    cut, cut down, scythe, shear, trim
    crop, clip
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    1. 1.1historical Cut down (grass or a cereal crop) with a scythe:
      ‘their job was to rake the mown corn ready for carting’
      • ‘In the mosque courtyard, workers mowed grass, raked out brush and freshened up old flower beds with new green plants.’
      • ‘We know of several people who mow lawns with a scythe.’
      • ‘The illustrations in such medieval prayer books represented the work of the season: here a peasant mows a meadow.’
      • ‘The scythe has been used since Roman times to mow hay.’
      cut, cut down, scythe, shear, trim
      crop, clip
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Phrasal Verbs

  • mow someone down

    • 1Kill someone with a fusillade of bullets or other missiles:

      ‘he was mown down in a hail of machine-gun bullets’
      • ‘Then he ‘bared himself to the enemy’ an advancing German combat group-and mowed them down with enfilade fire.’
      • ‘It's about one of the prisoners who did escape as they were marched out there, blindfolded and put before mass graves, and they mowed them down and they buried them.’
      • ‘There may have been a few more assassins along the way, but Chris was confident he could mow them down with ease.’
      • ‘It is not surprising that they were mown down by machine-gun fire.’
      • ‘The peacekeepers rushed out of the shuttle onto the planet, weapons drawn and ready to mow down any hostiles.’
      • ‘With incredible skill, she took aim again and again, firing at the attackers, mowing them down like a harbinger of death.’
      • ‘You can't just start mowing down civilians to stop a mob.’
      • ‘Convicted felons could be encouraged to run across a distance of, say, a hundred metres, while the marksmen took turns to mow them down.’
      • ‘Howling voices broke into the silence, and the Orcs swept across the land like a tornado, ready to mow down anything and everything that might stand in their way.’
      • ‘Multiple natives are mowed down by automatic gunfire.’
      • ‘On Friday, 20 guerrillas captured 8 policemen at a checkpoint near the city, took them to their offices, and mowed them down with gunfire.’
      • ‘But as the paratroopers entered the main gateway to the Temple they were mown down.’
      • ‘They can't shoot at you so mowing them down is even easier.’
      • ‘An army megaphone promises fair treatment for peaceful surrender; when the three comply, gunfire mows them down.’
      • ‘If I had to spend our time constantly comforting them, they would mow us down with machine guns before you could say Big Bertha.’
      • ‘The women turned to face the pit and the appellant mowed them down with the machine gun.’
      • ‘I screamed, firing back, emptying my weapon into the fleeing figures: mowing several down like scythed wheat.’
      kill, gun down, shoot down, cut down, cut to pieces, butcher, slaughter, massacre, decimate, annihilate, exterminate, liquidate, wipe out, destroy
      blow away
      smoke
      slay
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      1. 1.1Recklessly knock down someone with a car or other vehicle:
        ‘a father-of-four was mown down and killed as he cycled home from work’
        • ‘Last August, Fletcher landed in intensive care after a car mowed him down while he was crossing a street in Carmel Valley, California.’
        • ‘At the conclusion of the coming six-part series, he is mown down by a female motorist and dies.’
        • ‘The gates are now closed from 10.00 till 17.00 and 4-wheeled vehicles can no longer mow us down.’
        • ‘Two sons said yesterday they had forgiven the car thieves who killed their father by mowing him down on his garage forecourt.’
        • ‘If you're still on Birdcage Walk at 8am tomorrow morning, watch out for the rush hour traffic trying to mow you down.’
        • ‘And then, some drunk driver mowed him down on his skateboard last night.’
        • ‘The temptation to mow them down with a car was just too great.’

Origin

Old English māwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch maaien, German mähen mow, also to mead.

Pronunciation:

mow

/məʊ/

Main definitions of mow in English

: mow1mow2

mow2

noun

North American
dialect
  • 1A stack of hay, corn, or other crop:

    ‘a hay mow’
    • ‘And before night they'd finished threshing the whole mow of wheat.’
    • ‘The main theme of his article was about how hay knives were used to cut sections from the stack or mow.’
    • ‘Most often it was set up in a barn beside the mow of loose hay.’
    1. 1.1 A place in a barn where a stack of hay, corn, etc. is put.
      • ‘The brick, gambrel-roof barn features ground-floor pens for calves and plenty of space for hay storage in the mow.’
      • ‘If the moisture content of hay placed in the mow is below 26%, it is not likely that the temperature will rise beyond 65°C (150°F).’
      • ‘The mow stores baled straw and hay for emergencies and provides insulation for the livestock area below.’
      • ‘A small, freshly planked room below the straw mow was filled with oats, enough to last until next August.’
      • ‘By July 15th or 20th, the hay was all stowed away in the barn mows.’
      • ‘Here are the cats that live in the hay mow.’
      • ‘Seventy and more years ago, loose hay for feed and straw for bedding were lifted into the mows by a system of knives and pulleys.’

Origin

Old English mūga; of unknown ultimate origin; compare with Swedish and Norwegian muga heap.

Pronunciation:

mow

/məʊ/