from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tract of grassland, either in its natural state or used as pasture or for growing hay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A field or pasture; a piece of land covered or cultivated with grass, usually intended to be mown for hay; an area of low lying vegetation, especially near a river.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tract of low or level land producing grass which is mown for hay; any field on which grass is grown for hay.
- n. Low land covered with coarse grass or rank herbage near rives and in marshy places by the sea.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a meadow; of the nature of a meadow; produced, growing, or living in, a meadow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A low, level tract of land under grass, and generally mown annually or oftener for hay; also, a piece of grass-land in general, whether used for the raising of hay or as pasture-land.
- n. A feeding-ground of fish, as cod.
- n. An icefield or floe on which seals herd.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay
Middle English medwe, medoue, from Old English mǣdwe, oblique case of mǣd; see mē-4 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English mǣdwe, inflected form of mǣd (see mead), from Proto-Germanic *mēdwō (compare West Frisian miede, Dutch dialect made, dialectal German Matte ("mountain pasture")), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂met- ‘to mow, reap’ (compare Welsh medi, Latin metere, Ancient Greek ámētos ("reaping")), englargement of *h₂meh₁-. More at mow. (Wiktionary)