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stow

 (stō)
tr.v. stowed, stow·ing, stows
1.
a. To place or arrange, especially in a neat, compact way: stowed his gear in the footlocker.
b. To fill (a place or container) by packing tightly.
2. To store for future use: stowed carrots and potatoes in the root cellar.
3. Slang To refrain from; stop.
4. To provide lodging for; quarter.
Phrasal Verb:
stow away
1. To hide oneself aboard a conveyance in order to obtain free transportation.
2. Informal To consume (food or drink) greedily.

[Middle English stowen, from stowe, place, from Old English stōw; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

stow′a·ble adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.stow away - hide aboard a ship or a plane to get free transportation; "The illegal immigrants stowed away on board the freighter"
hide out, hide - be or go into hiding; keep out of sight, as for protection and safety; "Probably his horse would be close to where he was hiding"; "She is hiding out in a cabin in Montana"
Translations
يُخْفي، يَحْتَفِظ في مكانٍ سِرّي
ukrýt seuložit
gemmeopbevare
gondosan elrejt
fara sem laumufaròegikoma fyrir á öruggum staî
kaçak binmeksaklamak

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stow

(stəu) verb
to pack neatly and especially out of sight. The sailor stowed his belongings in his locker.
ˈstowaway noun
a person who stows away. They found a stowaway on the ship.
stow away
1. to hide oneself on a ship, aircraft etc before its departure, in order to travel on it without paying the fare. He stowed away on a cargo ship for New York.
2. to put or pack in a (secret) place until required. My jewellery is safely stowed away in the bank.
References in classic literature ?
There was a door above and another below, both safely padlocked, making the stairs an admirable place to stow away a customer who might still chance to have money, or a political light whom it was not advisable to kick out of doors.
That is my estimate of the number of beds we could stow away in the cubic feet you offer us.
It was all fitted with lockers from top to bottom, so as to stow away the officers' belongings and a part of the ship's stores; there was a second store-room underneath, which you entered by a hatchway in the middle of the deck; indeed, all the best of the meat and drink and the whole of the powder were collected in this place; and all the firearms, except the two pieces of brass ordnance, were set in a rack in the aftermost wall of the round-house.
Perhaps we had better stow away our visitor for the night.
It is not pleasant to have to go hat in hand borrowing money, but there are times, as you may find before you are my age, Westmacott, when a man must stow away his pride.
They arise, roll up and stow away their mattresses.
You'll learn law enough to look after your own property when I'm out o' the light, and you'll have to be solid with the best men in the market (they are useful later); and above all, you'll have to stow away the plain, common, sit-down-with-your-chin-on-your-elbows book-learning.
Extra security for lorries means the thousands of migrants could try to stow away in private vehicles, says a report today by the Home Affairs Committee.
It will use a conventional cloth soft top, which is lighter and easier to stow away than a retractable hard top.