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Definition of MEW

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Spicknel \Spick"nel\, n. [Contr. from spike nail a large, long nail; -- so called in allusion to the shape of its capillary leaves.] (Bot.) An umbelliferous herb ({Meum Athamanticum}) having finely divided leaves, common in Europe; -- called also {baldmoney}, {mew}, and {bearwort}. [Written also {spignel}.] [1913 Webster]

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Mew \Mew\, v. t. [From {Mew} a cage.]
     To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure. [1913 Webster]

           More pity that the eagle should be mewed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

           Close mewed in their sedans, for fear of air. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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Mew \Mew\, v. i. [Of imitative origin; cf. G. miauen.] To cry as a cat. [Written also {meaw}, {meow}.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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Mew \Mew\, n.
     The common cry of a cat. --Shak.
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Mew \Mew\, n. [AS. m?w, akin to D. meeuw, G. m["o]we, OHG. m?h, Icel. m[=a]r.] (Zool.) A gull, esp. the common British species ({Larus canus}); called also {sea mew}, {maa}, {mar}, {mow}, and {cobb}. [1913 Webster]

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Mew \Mew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mewed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mewing}.] [OE. muen, F. muer, fr. L. mutare to change, fr. movere to move. See {Move}, and cf. {Mew} a cage, {Molt}.] To shed or cast; to change; to molt; as, the hawk mewed his feathers. [1913 Webster]

           Nine times the moon had mewed her horns. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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Mew \Mew\, v. i.
     To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance. [1913 Webster]

           Now everything doth mew,
           And shifts his rustic winter robe.       --Turbervile. [1913 Webster]

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Mew \Mew\, n. [OE. mue, F. mue change of feathers, scales, skin, the time or place when the change occurs, fr. muer to molt, mew, L. mutare to change. See 2d {Mew}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. A cage for hawks while mewing; a coop for fattening fowls; hence, any inclosure; a place of confinement or shelter;
        -- in the latter sense usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

              Full many a fat partrich had he in mewe. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Forthcoming from her darksome mew.    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              Violets in their secret mews.         --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

     2. A stable or range of stables for horses; -- compound used in the plural, and so called from the royal stables in London, built on the site of the king's mews for hawks. [1913 Webster]

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141 Moby Thesaurus words for "mew":
     adytum, ashram, bark, bawl, bay, beleaguer, bell, bellow, beset, besiege, blare, blat, blate, bleat, blockade, bottle up, bound, box in, box up, bray, burrow, cage, call, caterwaul, cave, cell, chamber, check, cloister, close in, compass, confine, constrain, contain, coop, coop in, coop up, cordon, cordon off, cork up, corral, couch, covert, crib, cry, den, detain, earth, encage, encircle, enclose, encompass, enshrine, fence in, form, give tongue, give voice, hedge in, hem in, hermitage, hideaway, hideout, hiding place, hold, hold in custody, hold in restraint, hole, holy of holies, house in, howl, immure, impound, imprison, incarcerate, include, inhibit, ivory tower, jail, keep in, keep in custody, keep in detention, kennel, lair, leaguer, lodge, low, meow, mew up, mewl, miaow, moo, neigh, nicker, pen, pen in, pen up, pocket, pound, privacy, pule, quarantine, rail in, recess, restrain, restrict, retreat, roar, run, sanctum, sanctum sanctorum, screak, scream, screech, seal up, secret place, shackle, shrine, shut in, shut up, squall, squeak, squeal, stable, surround, troat, tunnel, ululate, wail, wall in, whicker, whine, whinny, wrap, yap, yard, yard up, yawl, yawp, yelp, yip, yowl


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