verb (past participle mowed or mownmōn)[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.
1.1chiefly historical Cut down (grass or a cereal crop) with a scythe or a sickle.
- 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.
mow someone down
- Kill someone with a fusillade of bullets or other missiles.Example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Recklessly knock someone down with a car or other vehicle.Example sentences
- 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.
- Example sentences
- 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.
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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.
- 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.
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