1PMto kill large numbers of people at the same time, especially by shooting them:
The soldiers were mown down by machine gun fire.
2to kill someone by driving into them fast:
He was sentenced to two years in prison for mowing down a nine-year old girl.
WORD FOCUS: cut WORD FOCUS: cut chopto cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces sliceto cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces diceto cut vegetables into small pieces peelto cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc grateto cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool carveto cut pieces from a large piece of meat sawto cut wood using a special tool called a saw chop downto cut down a tree, using an axe snipto cut something quickly using scissors shaveto remove hair from your face or body trimto remove small parts of something to make it look neat mowto cut grass pruneto cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better cut ➔ See alsocut
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.