Sow is defined as to spread or scatter something over an area of land.verb
An example of to sow is scattering sunflower seeds to grow a sunflower garden.
The definition of a sow is a female adult pig.noun
An example of a sow is the mother of the baby pigs.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- an adult female pig
- an adult female of certain other mammals, as the bear
- a channel or sluice carrying molten metal from a blast furnace to the molds in which pig bars are cast
- a large mass of metal that has solidified in this channel
Origin: ME sowe < OE sugu, akin to Ger sau (OHG su) < IE base *sū-, pig > swine, L sus
- to scatter or plant (seed) for growing
- to plant seed in or on (a field, ground, earth, etc.)
- to spread or scatter; broadcast, disseminate, or propagate: to sow hate
- to implant; inculcate: to sow suspicion
Origin: ME sowen < OE sawan, akin to Ger säen < IE base *sē(i) > seed
- sower noun
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verb sowed sowed, sown sown or sowed, sow·ing, sows verb, transitive
- To scatter (seed) over the ground for growing.
- To spread (land, for example) with seed.
- To strew something around or over (an area); distribute something over.
- To propagate; disseminate: sow rumors.
Origin: Middle English sowen, from Old English sāwan; see sē- in Indo-European roots.
- sowˈer noun
- a. An adult female hog.b. The adult female of several other animals, such as the bear.
- a. A channel that conducts molten iron to the molds in a pig bed.b. The mass of metal solidified in such a channel or mold.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English sugu and Old English sū; see sū- in Indo-European roots.
sow - Phrases/Idioms