verb (past participle mowed or mown)[with object]
- 1Cut down (grass) with a machine: Roger mowed the lawn (as adjective mown) the delicious smell of newly mown grassMore example sentences
- 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: (as adjective mown) their job was to rake the mown corn ready for cartingMore example sentences
- 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: he was mown down in a hail of machine-gun bulletsMore 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.
- Recklessly knock down someone with a car or other vehicle: a father-of-four was mown down and killed as he cycled home from workMore example sentences
- 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.
- Last August, Fletcher landed in intensive care after a car mowed him down while he was crossing a street in Carmel Valley, California.
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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.
Old English māwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch maaien, German mähen 'mow', also to mead2.
nounNorth American or • dialect
- 1A stack of hay, corn, or other crop: a hay mowMore example sentences
- 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, corn, etc. is put.More example sentences
- 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.
Old English mūga; of unknown ultimate origin; compare with Swedish and Norwegian muga 'heap'.