1) To cut down or shorten.
1606 from one gappe in the south side of the said parke unto one oak tree heretofore stoved, North Bierley
1608 Thomas Boake stowed ashe trees on the 14 lands, Brandsby. I note the verb ‘to stowen’ in a much earlier Suffolk lease: 1447 only to stowyn & to schredyn in swych places … as William Payn stowyd and schredde in, Dunwich. It was also used of the identifying cuts made on the ears of farm animals: 1617 both ther eares being stowed, Brandsby
1692 the near ear stov’d, Spofforth.