1. To place or arrange in a compact mass; to put in its proper place, or in a suitable place; to pack; as, to stowbags, bales, or casks in a ship's hold; to stow hay in a mow; to stow sheaves. Some stow their oars, or stop the leaky sides. (Dryden)
Origin: OE. Stowen, fr. Stowe a place, AS. Stow; cf. Icel. Eldstoa fireplace, hearth, OFries. Sto, and E. Stand. 163.