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  Dictionary Definition of stow

stow
verb (t)
1. Nautical to place (cargo, etc.) in the hold or some other part of a ship.
2. to put in a place or receptacle as for storage or reserve; pack.
3. to fill (a place or receptacle) by packing.
4. (of a place or receptacle) to afford room for; hold.
5. to desist from.
-- phrase
6. stow away, a. to conceal oneself aboard a ship or other conveyance in order to get a free trip. b. to put away, as in a safe convenient place.
7. stow it, Colloquial to be quiet.
[ME, from stowe place, OE stow, c. Icel. -sto (in eldsto fireplace)]
Stow
noun
1. John, 1525--1605, English antiquarian and chronicler.
2. ( Julian ) Randolph, born 1935, Australian novelist and poet; works include the novels To the Islands (1958) and The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea (1965).
3. Thomas Quinton, 1801--62, Australian pioneer Congregational churchman, born in England.