mow 2 (mō)
v. mowed, mowed or mown (mōn), mow·ing, mows
1. To cut down (grass or grain) with a scythe or a mechanical device.
2. To cut (grass or grain) from: mow the lawn.
To cut down grass or other growth.
1. To destroy in great numbers as if cutting down, as in battle.
2. To overwhelm: mowed down the opposition with strong arguments.
[Middle English mouen, from Old English māwan; see mē-4 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
mower (mōər) n.
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