mow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mow make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip "mop and mow","The girl pouted"
    • v mow cut with a blade or mower "mow the grass"
    • n mow a loft in a barn where hay is stored
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "MOW" can be read the same way upside-down, hence the word ambigram. Many other words can be written differently using special characters of writing to make the word appear the same way from different points.
    • Mow A heap or mass of hay or of sheaves of grain stowed in a barn.
    • n Mow A wry face. "Make mows at him."
    • v Mow May; can. "Thou mow now escapen.""Our walles mowe not make hem resistence."
    • n Mow (Zoöl) Same as Mew, a gull.
    • Mow The place in a barn where hay or grain in the sheaf is stowed.
    • Mow To cut down, as grass, with a scythe or machine.
    • Mow To cut down; to cause to fall in rows or masses, as in mowing grass; -- with down; as, a discharge of grapeshot mows down whole ranks of men.
    • v. i Mow To cut grass, etc., with a scythe, or with a machine; to cut grass for hay.
    • Mow To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow.
    • v. t Mow mou To lay, as hay or sheaves of grain, in a heap or mass in a barn; to pile and stow away.
    • v. i Mow To make mouths. "Nodding, becking, and mowing ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mow To cut down (grass or grain) with a sharp implement; cut with a scythe or (in recent use) a mowing-machine; hence, to cut down in general.
    • mow To cut the grass from: as, to mow a meadow.
    • mow To cut down indiscriminately, or in great numbers or quantity.
    • mow To cut down grass or grain; practise mowing; use the scythe or (in modern use) mowing-machine.
    • n mow A heap or pile of hay, or of sheaves of grain, deposited in a barn; also, in the west of England, a rick or stack of hay or grain.
    • n mow The compartment in a barn where hay, sheaves of grain, etc., are stored.
    • mow To put in a mow; lay, as hay or sheaves of grain, in a pile, heap, or mass in a barn: commonly with away.
    • mow To be able; may. See may.
    • n mow A kinswoman; a sister-in-law.
    • n mow A grimace, especially an insulting one; a mock.
    • n mow A jest; a joke: commonly in the plural.
    • mow To make months or grimaces; mock. Compare mop.
    • n mow A Chinese land-measure, equal to about one sixth of an English acre.
    • n mow Also spelled mou.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mow mow a wry face
    • v.i Mow to make grimaces
    • n Mow mow a pile of hay or corn in sheaves laid up in a barn
    • v.t Mow to lay hay or sheaves of grain in a heap:—pr.p. mow′ing; pa.t. mowed; pa.p. mowed or mown
    • v.t Mow to cut down with a scythe: to cut down in great numbers
    • pr.p Mow mow′ing; pa.t. mowed; pa.p. mowed or mown
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Quotations

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    “The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it.”

Idioms

Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow - 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mowen, mawen, AS. māwan,; akin to D. maaijen, G. mähen, OHG. mājan, Dan. meie, L. metere, to reap, mow, Gr. 'ama^n. Cf. Math Mead a meadow, Meadow

Usage

In literature:

Our old shepherd dog had been nosing the mow near us for rats.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
I'll begin when we got something to mow.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
Did we not fight for them till we were mowed down like grass?
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
The stables were on either side of this floor and the mows were above.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
To-morrow, I will mow, instead of you, and you stay at home here and play housekeeper.
"Continental Monthly - Volume 1 - Issue 3" by Various
The truth must be told that the boys, in anticipation of Easter, have, in some hole in the mow or some barrel in the wagon-house, been hiding eggs.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
The work, which was a great success, consisted in pulling, gating, wind mowing, stocking and tying flax.
"Women and War Work" by Helen Fraser
Plunkitt, the head gardener, came along, trundling a mowing-machine.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
Those rifles had mowed a perfect swath of death among them.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Perhaps they are derived from fey or foy, spry, wry, wreak, brew, mow, fry, bray, say, work.
"A Grammar of the English Tongue" by Samuel Johnson
About eight o'clock, I ventured to descend from the mow of the barn into the road.
"The Fugitive Blacksmith" by James W. C. Pennington
The summer passed without harvest, without mowing.
"Folk Tales Every Child Should Know" by Various
He next told us to hide on the mow till eve, when he would safely direct us on our road to Gettysburg.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
In Switzerland as in Norway the art of mowing has reached its highest pitch.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
The two would touch noses and then turn to on the sweet, young clover, that had grown up since the July mowing.
"The Magic Speech Flower" by Melvin Hix
Leaves in grass and mow potatoes, have a skip, hurry you up flutter.
"Tender Buttons" by Gertrude Stein
Cuffy Bear wanted to see a mowing-machine.
"The Tale of Cuffy Bear" by Arthur Scott Bailey
I visited the garret again, and we went to the old barn, with its mows half full of hay, and had rare times climbing about there.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
Among the things I learned to do was the way to run a mowing-machine.
"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
The big man from Chicago mowed his way to the pile of lumber and clambered up by the sheriff.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
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In poetry:

And when the mow'rs went a field
The yellow corn to ted,
She felt her sorrowing bosom yield
To all a mother's dread.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
When like a baneful pestilence,
Sin mows its thousands down
On every side, without defence,
Thy grace secures thine own.
"The Believer's Safety" by John Newton
Shake off the thoughts of dying too,
And think your life your own;
But death comes hast'ning on to you,
To mow your glory down.
"Hymn 56" by Isaac Watts
I call to mind the summer day,
The early harvest mowing,
The sky with sun and clouds at play,
And flowers with breezes blowing.
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Her hair was silken, he used to say,
When they sat on the porch-side, "woful when,"
And I know the clover you mowed to-day
Was not more red than her cheeks were then.
"Little Cyrus" by Alice Cary
"It seems, sah, skurcely a year ago
That I was a-showin' 'em how to mow,
A-showin' 'em how, with the tanglin' grass
Topplin' and fallin' to let me pass;
A-showing 'em how, with a five-foot steel,
And never a man who could nick my heel.
"When A Man Gets Old" by Holman Francis Day

In news:

Inventor cultivates no- mow , easy-grow grass.
However, improper mowing can be harmful.
Mow tall grass or face $300 fine, possible property lien.
And some nights I don't get around to mowing the grass until 9:00 so by the time I am done it is close to 10:00 or after 10:00.
And some nights I don't get around to mowing the grass.
Many homeowners are going no- mow , but for Hoosiers still trying to keep the turf, they wonder, do I water during a drought.
Mark Mow attended his final school board meeting Tuesday, ending a 42 year career in Elkhart.
Mow joined about 20 others in retiring this year.
You should still mow your grass, though the optimal height for lawn health is 3 inches, so you may be able to get away with mowing less.
For those of you with huge expanses of mowed area, feel free to let some of it grow.
MOW workers on M&NA shortline ratify first pact.
Those who don't comply may find city crews mowing their grass if it is eight inches high or more.
While reading Mr Brand's article about people who haven't mowed their yards yet this year on the 8th of May, my response was "Are you kidding.".
I mow the lawn electric.
Oxford's Nelson captures MOW award.
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In science:

Mow-Lowry, “Measurement of optical response of a detuned resonant sideband extraction gravitational wave detector,” Phys.
Multi-color Cavity Metrology
The range of fuel treatments included mowing and removing cuttings, mowing and retaining cuttings, or leaving the grass in its natural state.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
We assume that the unconfined compression test for a soft biological tissue sample can be described by a one-dimensional axisymmetric mathematical model of Armstrong et al. (1984) developed in the framework of the linear biphasic theory (Mow et al., 1980).
Sinusoidally-driven unconfined compression test for a biphasic tissue
Armstrong, C.G., Lai, W.M., Mow, V.C.: An analysis of the unconfined compression of articular cartilage. J.
Sinusoidally-driven unconfined compression test for a biphasic tissue
Mow, V.C., Kuei, S.C., Lai, W.M., Armstrong, C.G.: Biphasic creep and stress relaxation of articular cartilage in compression: Theory and experiments. J.
Sinusoidally-driven unconfined compression test for a biphasic tissue
We consider both lawn mowing (in which tour and scan points may leave P ) and milling (in which tour, scan points and visibility must stay within P ) variants for the MWPDV; even for simple special cases, these problems are NP-hard.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
Finally, we present a PTAS for MWPDV lawn mowing and a PTAS for MWPDV milling, both for the case of fixed ratio between scan cost and travel cost.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
Consider a polyomino P (the “grass”) that is to be “mowed” by a k × k square, M .
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
At certain discrete set S (T ) of positions of M along a tour T , the mower is activated (a “scan” is taken), causing all of the grass of P that lies below M at such a position to be mowed.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
There is a PTAS for MWPDV lawn mowing of a (not necessarily connected) set of pixels by a k × k square.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
For combined cost, we gave a PTAS for a lawn mowing variant, based on guillotine subdivisions.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
Approximation algorithms for lawn mowing and milling.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
This means it should be able to learn chess just by playing, or Go, or how to drive a car or mow the lawn, or any task we could conceivably be interested in assigning it.
Asymptotically Optimal Agents
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