from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A prisoner of war.

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  • n. Prisoner of war.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A variant of pooh.
  • n. A Scotch form of poll.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war


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  • PS 3/18/08: Reader Mike Mariano has written to inform me that THE SECRET OF BLOOD ISLAND actually had a VHS release, possibly unauthorized, under the title POW: PRISONERS OF WAR.

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  • Her friends referred to the acronym POW as meaning ‘prisoner of war’.


  • "Anyone who says he was not a POW is a friggin 'liar," she said.

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  • Doug stands by his conviction that a POW is a POW.

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  • Being a POW is a highly respectful thing but it does not foreign policy experience make ... just ask General Wesley Clarke.

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  • Getting shot out of the sky during Vietnam and living to tell the story of a POW is a reason to be considered a war hero …. not criteria for president.

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  • Defense in POW/MIA matters, would be able to substantiate this information.

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  • No one by the name of Andrew J. York is a returned POW from the Vietnam

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  • No one by the name of Andrew J. York is a returned POW from the Korean War.

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  • In this age when everybody from a guy who gets overpaid to play a game to a deceased pedophile to a schmuck who gets home from being a POW is called a "hero", it is a real good experience to read about a man that was a real hero, not once, but time and again.

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