Mew

Definition of Mew

n.1.(Zool.) A gull, esp. the common British species (Larus canus); called also sea mew, maa, mar, mow, and cobb.
v. t.1.To shed or cast; to change; to molt; as, the hawk mewed his feathers.
[imp. & p. p. Mewed; p. pr. & vb. n. Mewing.]
Nine times the moon had mewed her horns.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To cast the feathers; to molt; hence, to change; to put on a new appearance.
Now everything doth mew,
And shifts his rustic winter robe.
- Turbervile.
n.1.
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.
Full many a fat partrich had he in mewe.
- Chaucer.
Forthcoming from her darksome mew.
- Spenser.
Violets in their secret mews.
- Wordsworth.
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.
v. t.1.To shut up; to inclose; to confine, as in a cage or other inclosure.
More pity that the eagle should be mewed.
- Shak.
Close mewed in their sedans, for fear of air.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To cry as a cat.
n.1.The common cry of a cat.

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