• WordNet 3.6
    • v cow subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats)
    • n cow mature female of mammals of which the male is called `bull'
    • n cow female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term"
    • n cow a large unpleasant woman
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cow-boy Cow-boy
He Did Cry Like a Cow--frontispiece He Did Cry Like a Cow--frontispiece
Appointed Cows to Furnish Milk--4-51-500 Appointed Cows to Furnish Milk--4-51-500
Newspaper in the cow stable Newspaper in the cow stable
A Cow's Dose Is a Teacupful A Cow's Dose Is a Teacupful

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, 350 squirts are needed from milking a cow to make a gallon of milk
    • n Cow kou A chimney cap; a cowl
    • n Cow (Mining) A wedge, or brake, to check the motion of a machine or car; a chock.
    • Cow The female of certain large mammals, as whales, seals, etc.
    • Cow The mature female of bovine animals.
    • v. t Cow To depress with fear; to daunt the spirits or courage of; to overawe. "To vanquish a people already cowed .""THe French king was cowed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cows do not have any upper front teeth. Instead they have a thick pad on the top jaw
    • n cow The female of the genus Bos or ox (the male of which is called a bull, or in a restricted sense an ox). See ox.
    • n cow The female of various other large animals, the male of which is termed a bull, as of many ruminants, of eared seals, etc.
    • n cow A timid person; a coward.
    • cow To depress with fear; cause to shrink or crouch with fear; daunt the spirits or courage of; intimidate; overawe.
    • cow Synonyms To overawe, intimidate, abash, daunt.
    • n cow In mining, a wedge placed behind a crab or gin-start to prevent it from revolving.
    • n cow A kind of self-acting brake formerly employed on inclined planes; a trailer.
    • n cow The top of a chimney which is made to move with the wind; a cowl. See cowl, 3.
    • cow To cut; clip.
    • n cow A cut or clip, especially of the hair: as, he has gone to the barber's to get a cow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hockey pucks were originally made from frozen cow dung
    • n Cow kow the female of the bovine animals: the female of certain other animals, as the elephant, &c
    • Cow older plurals, Kine and Kye, the latter now only Scotch
    • v.t Cow to whip with a cowhide
    • v.t Cow kow to subdue: keep under: to dishearten
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  • Ogden Nash
    “The cow is of the bovine ilk: One end is moo, the other, milk.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Communism is a cow of many; well milked and badly fed.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Sacred cows make the best hamburger.”
  • Dorothy L. Sayers
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    “She always says, my lord, that facts are like cows. If you look them in the face hard enough they generally run away.”
  • Martin Luther
    “Mankind has a free will; but it is free to milk cows and to build houses, nothing more.”
  • Billie Burke
    Billie Burke
    “To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin-American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina of a cow pony.”


Cash cow - A product, business, etc, that generates a continuous flow of money or a high proportion of overall profits is a cash cow.
Sacred cow - Something that is a sacred cow is held in such respect that it cannot be criticised or attacked.
Till the cows come home - This idioms means 'for a very long time'. ('Until the cows come home' is also used.)
Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free - This idiom is usually used to refer to men who don't want to get married, when they can get all the benefits of marriage without getting married.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cu, cou, AS. ,; akin to D. koe, G. kuh, OHG. kuo, Icel. kȳr, Dan. & Sw. ko, L. bos, ox, cow, Gr. boy^s, Skr. ,. √223. Cf. Beef Bovine Bucolic Butter Nylghau
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from Ice. kúga; Dan. kue, to subdue.


In literature:

When he had got as close as the cover would allow him, he took aim at the cow's heart and fired.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Such a cow-calf is called, in this country, a FREE MARTIN, and is commonly as well known among the farmers as either cow or bull.
"Delineations of the Ox Tribe" by George Vasey
Cows were occasionally put to the plow, and it may not have been unknown to them that the cow plows quicker than the ox.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
I never did nothing but drive cows when I was a little boy growing up.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
There are cows to milk and you couldn't very well find the cow-stable alone.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Every person in Texas that had rapidly risen to financial eminence had started with one cow.
"The Busted Ex-Texan and Other Stories" by W. H. H. Murray
Just over the fence in the pasture Farmer Hill's cows were grazing.
"Prince and Rover of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
Get along, Cow, and show us the way.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
The cow-puncher shook his head.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
The cows had been brought in for milking.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey

In poetry:

We've hay enough
For our own cows. Give them a lock
Of what the widow of Seumas saved.
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
The baby new to earth and sky
Has never until now
Unto himself the question put
Or asked us if the cow
"The Baby" by Ezra Pound
I never saw a purple cow,
You say you never saw one;
But this I'll tell you anyhow,
I know that I can draw one.
"To Gelett Burgess" by Edwin Carty Ranck
And then I took the turnip tip
And fed it to a cow;
"I'll ne'er go back to Hagensack,"
I says, and kept me vow.
"The Ballad of Hagensack" by Wallace Irwin
Whan Roben ynto the hall cam,
The screffe sone he met;
The potter cowed of corteysey,
And sone the screffe he gret.
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
Is higher in the mental scale
Than men like me and you,
Or if the cow refrains from food
Till she finds work to do.
"The Baby" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Bill Cochran's Outdoors: When the Chesapeake Bay becomes cow town .
Testing for Flu in Pigs Less Stringent Than for Mad Cow, Bird Flu.
Cow-Calf Conference is this weekend.
The Bridgeview Center held the second and final day of the 40th Annual Cow-Calf Conference Saturday.
Estimates remain for positive returns to cow-calf producers this year, but signicantly less than projections prior to this summer's unfolding drought.
Do Genomics Have Value For Cow-Calf Producers.
Norma Lyon, the 'Butter-Cow Lady,' Dies at 81.
Poly girls win vs deep fields @ Great Cow Run.
At some hypothetical point in the distant past, someone decided that taking a perfectly useful bell off of a cow and bringing it to sporting events, band practice and political rallies was a good idea.
As political reforms unfold in Myanmar, formerly cowed farmers seek redress for lost land.
Ameren gets a pass from cowed Illinois regulators.
Cowed by Political Correctness.
Won't be cowed by Vatican.
Olympic committee cowed by terrorists.
It's Easy to Be Cowed When Trying to Milk a Water Buffalo.

In science:

Let X be a Banach space and let Λ ⊂ BX ∗ be compact in the w∗ topology such that cow∗ Λ = BX ∗ .
Genericity of Fr\'echet smooth spaces
We call the lifts of the wings which pass through the vertex wings of the dAdS-crooked plane, and the lifts of the wings through the covertex the cowings.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
If C is the tangent cone of an dAdS crooked plane bC at a vertex ˆg , then dExpˆg (C ) contains neither cohinges nor cowings.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
Equation (2) has been used to interpret the discrepancy of in the results of the COW-experiment considering the gravitational field of the Earth as weak, static field and taking n = 1 (for neutrons)and γ = 1 for the Earth.
An Alternative Source for Dark Energy
In our opinion, corre lation set represents a key mechanism for the service-oriented programming paradigm which is also modelled in COWS and it is provided by the most credited orchestration language for Web Services: WS-BPEL .
Reasoning About a Service-oriented Programming Paradigm