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STOW, verb transitive [G. Latin , to crowd, to stuff; the handle of a plow. The sense is to set or throw down, from the more general sense of throwing, driving.]

1. To place; to put in a suitable place or position; as, to stow bags, bales or casks in a ships hold; to stow hay in a mow; to stow sheaves. The word has reference to the placing of many thing, or of one thing among many, or of a mass of things.

2. To lay up; to reposit.

STOW in names, signifies place, as in Barstow.