American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To place or arrange, especially in a neat, compact way: stowed his gear in the footlocker.
- v. To fill (a place or container) by packing tightly.
- v. To store for future use: stowed carrots and potatoes in the root cellar.
- v. Slang To refrain from; stop.
- v. To provide lodging for; quarter.
- stow away To hide oneself aboard a conveyance in order to obtain free transportation.
- stow away Informal To consume (food or drink) greedily.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put in a suitable or convenient place or position; put in a place aside or out of the way; lay up; put up; pack; especially, to pack in a convenient form: as, to stow bags, bales, or casks in a ship's hold; to stow sheaves.
- To accumulate or compactly arrange anything in; fill by packing closely: as, to stow a box or the hold of a ship.
- To contain; hold.
- To furl or roll up, as a sail.
- In mining, to fill up (vacant spaces) with stowing. A mine is worked by the method of stowing when all the valuable substance—ore, or coal, or whatever it may be—is taken out, and the vacant space packed full of deads or refuse, either that furnished by the workings themselves, or stuff brought from the surface, or both together.
- To bestow; give; grant.
- To intrust; commit; give in charge.
- To furnish as the stowdown: as, the whale stowed down 75 barrels of oil.
- To resist; hinder; stop.
- To put out of sight or hearing; be silent about.
- To make resistance; resist.
- To cut off; crop; lop.
- n. In tinplate manuf., the structure which contains the furnace and the series of five pots.
- To dry In an oven.
- To conceal one's self on a ship (with a view to a free passage): with away. See stowaway.
- n. obsolete A place.
- v. to put something away in a compact and tidy manner
- v. to put something away to store it in a space saving manner and over long time
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To place or arrange in a compact mass; to put in its proper place, or in a suitable place; to pack.
- v. To put away in some place; to hide; to lodge.
- v. To arrange anything compactly in; to fill, by packing closely.
- v. fill by packing tightly
- From Middle English, from Old English stōw ("a place"). See -stow. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English stowen, from stowe, place, from Old English stōw. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thus, at the mouth of the Thames, thousands of tons of sprats are caught every winter by means of the large bag net, known as the stow net.”
“I come down here once in a while and let in the sun, and sometimes I want to hunt up something or 'nother; kind of stow-away place, ye see.”
“At night, I was obliged to "stow" myself firmly in my berth with my cloaks and dresses, to protect my body from being bruised black and blue.”
“In the future, you could tell a friend you need to drop by a yínháng, rather than a bank.iii In this imagined future, a yínháng whose capital is derived from carbon emissions credits, rather than property mortgages, would be substantively different from a bank, and a better place to stow your hard-earned savings.”
“You can retrieve or stow an item as a free action instead of as a minor action.”
“I tried to re-stow my hooked shroud-line cutter, butâ€ ¦ but, it was gone!”
“She hears the little boy continue, For those of you just boarding, we ask you to stow all of your hand luggage under your seat.”
“Because people bring in bags so huge that they can't even stow them in the overhead bins, and expect a 5ft tall stewardess to stow it for them.”
“But while she made it appear as though she was deleting the tape, Ms. Klayman said her record of the incident survived: Anticipating their demands, she said she had switched the tape for a blank one, having snuck outside to stow the original in her car.”
“Commercial dealers stow them away in anticipation that they'll soon disappear.”
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