There are 2 definitions of mow in English:

mow1

Syllabification: mow

verb (past participle mowed or mown /mōn/)

[with object]
  • 1Cut down (an area of grass) with a machine: Roger mowed the lawn (as adjective mown) the smell of newly mown grass
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    • 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.
    • As I walked up the freshly mowed lawn, I saw the usual sight.
    Synonyms
    cut (down), trim; crop, clip, prune, manicure
  • 1.1chiefly • historical Cut down (grass or a cereal crop) with a scythe or a sickle.
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    • In the mosque courtyard, workers mowed grass, raked out brush and freshened up old flower beds with new green plants.
    • The illustrations in such medieval prayer books represented the work of the season: here a peasant mows a meadow.
    • We know of several people who mow lawns with a scythe.

Phrasal verbs

mow someone down

Kill someone with a fusillade of bullets or other missiles.
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  • On Friday, 20 guerrillas captured 8 policemen at a checkpoint near the city, took them to their offices, and mowed them down with gunfire.
  • 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.
  • It is not surprising that they were mown down by machine-gun fire.
Synonyms
kill, run down, gun down, shoot down, cut down, cut to pieces, butcher, slaughter, massacre, annihilate, wipe out
informal blow away
Recklessly knock someone down with a car or other vehicle.
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  • The customer service worker said: ‘Not only could he have mown us down but he could have hurt other innocent victims as he drove like a maniac in the busy centre roads.’
  • The family of an interior designer mown down by a hit-and-run driver are urging witnesses to help police catch him.
  • A father has described the horror of seeing his six-year-old boy mowed down by a hit-and-run driver.

Derivatives

mower

noun
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  • Lawnmower manufacturers, who have been waging a battle against the new regulations, point out that British mowers tend to be noisier than their continental counterparts.
  • Sales of self-propelled mowers have held well, with six new machines registered in the Republic of Ireland this year, all in the Munster region.
  • And, you should see some of the injuries and deaths I've seen from accidents involving mowers and weed whackers.

Origin

Old English māwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch maaien, German mähen 'mow', also to mead2.

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There are 2 definitions of mow in English:

mow2

Syllabification: mow

noun

[often with modifier] North American or • dialect
  • 1A stack of hay, grain, or other similar crop: the hay mow
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    • 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.
    • And before night they'd finished threshing the whole mow of wheat.
  • 1.1A place in a barn where a stack of hay or grain is put.
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    • By July 15th or 20th, the hay was all stowed away in the barn mows.
    • 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.
    • A small, freshly planked room below the straw mow was filled with oats, enough to last until next August.

Origin

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

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