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past tense of mow: He mowed the lawn.
Not to be confused with:
mode – method, manner; a way: a new mode of travel
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mow 1

1. The place in a barn where hay, grain, or other feed is stored.
2. A stack of hay or other feed stored in a barn.

[Middle English moue, stack of hay, from Old English mūga; akin to Old Norse mūgr, swathe, crowd.]

mow 2

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.
Phrasal Verb:
mow down
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- in Indo-European roots.]

mow′er (mō′ər) n.
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References in classic literature ?
One was noticed who had a large, glittering scythe, and who, for a long time, mowed the legs of the horses.
The road from the north curved a little to the east just there, and the road from the west swung out a little to the south; so that the grave, with its tall red grass that was never mowed, was like a little island; and at twilight, under a new moon or the clear evening star, the dusty roads used to look like soft grey rivers flowing past it.
Growing up, we mowed around 3 or 4 acres of lawn at our farm, on an old Craftsman riding lawn mower.
Grasshopper density was low on abandoned sites which were not mowed in the last ten years and there was a negative correlation between orthopteran density and vegetation height.
Texas were mowed over a three-year period using a combination of mowing speeds (3.6, or 9 km/h) and heights (10, 15, 20 cm).
Turfgrass is mowed regularly for both aesthetic and functional reasons.
James Hagedorn, the president of Scotts Miracle-Gro, just announced that his company has developed a new, slower-growing, genetically-engineered grass that hardly ever has to be mowed. I'm for progress in most areas, but grass is one thing that doesn't need to be improved.
Plots were mowed periodically at 6.4 cm and irrigation was applied as necessary to maintain a moist seedbed during the establishment year.
After work, throughout that summer and fall, I mowed a bit of grass or tackled brush in the overgrown fields.
The fast-growing buckwheat gets mowed twice, just as the seed head starts to develop.