Definition of stow in English:
- The design is too restrictive, it is too bulky to be stowed in a pack, it stinks when wet, and it falls to pieces the first time it is washed.
- Recovering, she picked up her letter and carefully stowed it in her backpack.
- I wave and carefully stow my bike against the fence at the back of the beer garden.
late Middle English: shortening of bestow.
place from (Old English):
If you have been to Italy or Spain you have probably visited the piazza or plaza of a town. These words have the same origin as English place and French place ‘(public) square’, namely Latin platea ‘open space’, from Greek plateia hodos ‘broad way’. From the early Middle Ages, when it was adopted from French, place superseded stow (found in place names such as Stow on the Wold and Padstow) and stead, as in Wanstead. The sense ‘a space that can be occupied’ developed in Middle English from this. The orderly person's mantra a place for everything and everything in its place goes back to the 17th century, but the modern formulation first appears in the 1840s in Captain Frederick Marryat's nautical yarn Masterman Ready: ‘In a well-conducted man-of-war…every thing in its place, and there is a place for every thing.’ In 1897 the German Chancellor Prince Bernhard von Bülow, made a speech in the Reichstag in which he declared, ‘we desire to throw no one into the shade [in East Asia], but we also demand our place in the sun’. As a result the expression a place in the sun, ‘a position of favour or advantage’, has been associated with German nationalism. However, it is recorded much earlier, and is traceable back to the writings of the 17th-century French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal.
- informal Used as a way of urging someone to be quiet or to stop doing something.Example sentences
- And please, if you have an urge to accuse me of ‘agendas’ and all that trash, just stow it!
- If you have have some sort of constructive criticism, lecture about my self-pity or gloat to offer, do me a favor and just stow it, will ya?
- Conceal oneself on a ship, aircraft, or other passenger vehicle in order to travel secretly or without paying the fare: he stowed away on a ship bound for South AfricaMore example sentences
hide, conceal oneself, travel secretly
- He stows away on a Portugal-bound ship, has qualms about the reception that might await him, and jumps ship at St. Helena.
- What's strange is that you're stowing away on a ship in the first place.
- He ran away from home aged 15, stowed away on a ship and ended up in South America.
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