mew

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mew cry like a cat "the cat meowed"
    • v mew utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls
    • n mew the common gull of Eurasia and northeastern North America
    • n mew the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mew A cage for hawks while mewing; a coop for fattening fowls; hence, any inclosure; a place of confinement or shelter; -- in the latter sense usually in the plural. "Full many a fat partrich had he in mewe .""Forthcoming from her darksome mew .""Violets in their secret mews ."
    • n Mew (Zoöl) A gull, esp. the common British species (Larus canus); called also sea mew maa mar mow, and cobb.
    • Mew A stable or range of stables for horses; -- compound used in the plural, and so called from the royal stables in London, built on the site of the king's mews for hawks.
    • n Mew The common cry of a cat.
    • v. i Mew To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance. "Now everything doth mew ,
      And shifts his rustic winter robe."
    • v. i Mew To cry as a cat.
    • v. t Mew To shed or cast; to change; to molt; as, the hawk mewed his feathers. "Nine times the moon had mewed her horns."
    • v. t Mew To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure. "More pity that the eagle should be mewed .""Close mewed in their sedans, for fear of air."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mew A gull; a sea-mew. See cut under gull.
    • mew To cry as a cat.
    • n mew The cry of a cat.
    • mew To change (the covering or dress); especially, to shed, as feathers; molt.
    • n mew A cage for birds while mewing or molting; hence, any cage or coop for birds, especially for hawks.
    • n mew Hence An inclosure; a close place; a place of retirement or confinement.
    • n mew A place where fowls were confined for fattening.
    • n mew plural A stable. See mews.
    • mew To shut up; confine, as in a cage or other inclosure; immure.
    • mew An obsolete or dialectal preterit of mow.
    • n mew A dialectal variant of mow.
    • n mew The herb spignel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mew a sea-fowl: a gull.
    • v.i Mew to cry as a cat
    • n Mew the cry of a cat
    • v.t Mew to change, as the covering or dress: to shed or cast: to confine, as in a cage
    • v.i Mew to change: to cast the feathers: to moult
    • n Mew a place for confining: a cage for hawks while mewing: generally in pl. a stable, because the royal stables were built where the king's falcons were kept
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mue, F. mue, change of feathers, scales, skin, the time or place when the change occurs, fr. muer, to molt, mew, L. mutare, to change. See 2d Mew

Usage

In literature:

The little girl screamed aloud, and flung herself upon him in a vain attempt to reach the kitten, which was mewing pitifully.
"Dick Lionheart" by Mary Rowles Jarvis
The cat mewed piteously, and, with her tongue hanging out of her mouth, staggered to and fro in the car as if under the influence of poison.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
I heard a high, urgent scream in their mewing tongue.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The little white creature floundered through the snow at her heels, and mewed constantly.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
The crooked dog lay down by him, and the crooked cat mewed.
"Queer Stories for Boys and Girls" by Edward Eggleston
Pussy-cat said naught but "Mew," and Robin flew away.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
And as they neared the car they heard, coming from within it, the mewing of a cat.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South" by Laura Lee Hope
We thought it was Snoop mewing, or Snap howling, maybe.
"The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island" by Laura Lee Hope
Let him be a kitten and cry mew, if he will, while you climb the topgallant-mast and make ladders of the clouds.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
But since then these solitudes are only the home of the sea-gull, the sea-mew, and the albatross.
"Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels" by Stephen Leacock
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In poetry:

I saw a proud, mysterious cat,
I saw a proud, mysterious cat
Too proud to catch a mouse or rat—
Mew, mew, mew.
"The Mysterious Cat" by Vachel Lindsay
To drift with the drifting clouds,
And blow with the blow of breezes,
To ripple with waves and murmur with caves
To soar, as the sea-mew pleases!
"Wildness" by Cale Young Rice
I spoke, and drew toward a rock,
Where many mews made twittering sweet;
Their wings upreared, the clustering flock
Did pat the sea-grass with their feet.
"Sea-Mews In Winter Time" by Jean Ingelow
And his smile, as nymphs from their laving meres,
Trembled up from a bath of tears;
And joy, like a mew sea-rocked apart,
Tossed on the wave of his troubled heart.
"The Poppy" by Francis Thompson
The sunset lingered in the pale green West:
In rosy wastes the low soft evening star
Woke; while the last white sea-mew sought for rest;
And tawny sails came stealing o'er the bar.
"The Phantom Fleet" by Alfred Noyes
Sea-mew, White Sea-Hawk and Raven,
All the fleet at evening swings
Quietly in this western haven,
Murmuring at their mooring-rings:
Tern and Solan Goose and Raven
Where the moorland curlew sings.
"Johnnie of the Silver Feather" by Hamish Maclaren

In news:

Mew gull snagged by hook may be free.
Mew said APD finding a way to decrease forcible rape is his number one priority.
Mew gull snagged by hook may be free.
No one was injured when a two-story apartment building caught fire on Chicopee Mews in Camillus.
Former Mews co-owner opens Pop's Pizza.
RICHMOND – Former Mews Tavern co-owner Steve Grandolfi is finally pursuing his dream of owning a "Mom and Pop" restaurant.
Mews Tavern & Narragansett.
All the Mews A reporter for The New York Times remembers his globe-trotting cat.
Runners & Walkers Support The House of Mews This Saturday.
Jessica Chastain Moving Into Soho Mews .
Chastain is so(ho) moving to the Mews .
Soho Mews may not feature the Tree of Life, but the apartment building has a certain charm for the Hollywood set.
Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Traci Lords, Jason Mewes, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith.
They assemble a motley cast (including Smith veteran Jason Mewes and porn veteran Traci Lords).
These are the first images ever recorded of the Navy F-18?s catastrophic crash into Mayfair Mews Apartments.
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In science:

Calculation of level populations including the effects of photoexcitation within the n = 2 manifold were performed by Mewe and Schrijver (1978a).
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
Mewe and Schrijver (1978b) examined the effects of time-dependent ionization appropriate to solar flares.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
Mewe and Schrijver (1978b) for He-like lines, who showed that non-equilibrium effects can enhance the inner shell contribution from ionization of the Li-like species, if the temperature is high and the ionization is low, or the recombination from the Hlike species if the temperature is low and the ionization is high.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
The influence of bremsstrahlung continuum emission cannot be ignored (Mewe et al., 1986).
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
The work of Mewe and coworkers served to better characterize many of the rate coefficients needed for coronal emissivity calculations.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
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