sow

1 [soh]
verb (used with object), sowed, sown or sowed, sowing.
1.
to scatter (seed) over land, earth, etc., for growth; plant.
2.
to plant seed for: to sow a crop.
3.
to scatter seed over (land, earth, etc.) for the purpose of growth.
4.
to implant, introduce, or promulgate; seek to propagate or extend; disseminate: to sow distrust or dissension.
5.
to strew or sprinkle with anything.
verb (used without object), sowed, sown or sowed, sowing.
6.
to sow seed, as for the production of a crop.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English sowen, Old English sāwan; cognate with Dutch zaaien, German säen, Old Norse sā, Gothic saian; akin to seed, Latin sēmen seed, serere to sow

sowable, adjective
sower, noun
unsowed, adjective


4. inject, lodge, circulate.
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sow

2 [sou]
noun
1.
an adult female swine.
2.
the adult female of various other animals, as the bear.
3.
Metallurgy.
a.
a large oblong mass of iron that has solidified in the common channel through which the molten metal flows to the smaller channels in which the pigs solidify.
b.
the common channel itself.
c.
a basin holding any of certain molten nonferrous metals to be cast.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English sowe, Old English sugu; cognate with German Sau, Old Norse sȳr, Latin sūs, Greek hûs, Tocharian B suwo; see swine

sowlike, adjective
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sow1 (səʊ)
 
vb , sows, sowing, sowed, sown, sowed
1.  to scatter or place (seed, a crop, etc) in or on (a piece of ground, field, etc) so that it may grow: to sow wheat; to sow a strip of land
2.  (tr) to implant or introduce: to sow a doubt in someone's mind
 
[Old English sāwan; related to Old Norse sā, Old High German sāen, Old Slavonic seja, Latin serere to sow]
 
'sowable1
 
adj
 
'sower1
 
n

sow2 (saʊ)
 
n
1.  a female adult pig
2.  the female of certain other animals, such as the mink
3.  metallurgy
 a.  the channels for leading molten metal to the moulds in casting pig iron
 b.  iron that has solidified in these channels
 
[Old English sugu; related to Old Norse sӯr, Old High German sū, Latin sūs, Norwegian sugga, Dutch zeug: see swine]

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Word Origin & History

sow
O.E. sawan "to scatter seed upon the ground or plant it in the earth" (class VII strong verb; past tense seow, pp. sawen), from P.Gmc. *sæjanan (cf. O.N. sa, O.S. saian, M.Du. sayen, Du. zaaien, O.H.G. sawen, Ger. säen, Goth. saian), from PIE base *se- (cf. L. sero, pt. sevi, pp. satum "to
sow;" O.C.S. sejo, sejati; Lith. seju, seti "to sow"), source of semen, season (n.), seed, etc. Fig. sense was in O.E.

sow
O.E. sugu, su "female of the swine," from P.Gmc. *sugo (cf. O.S., O.H.G. su, Ger. Sau, Du. zeug, O.N. syr), from PIE base *su- (cf. Skt. sukarah "wild boar, swine;" Avestan hu "wild boar;" Gk. hys "swine;" L. sus "swine," swinus "pertaining to swine;" O.C.S. svinija "swine;" Lett. sivens "young pig;"
Welsh hucc, Ir. suig "swine; O.Ir. socc "snout, plowshare"), possibly imitative of pig noise, a notion reinforced by the fact that Skt. sukharah means "maker of (the sound) 'su.' " Related to swine. As a term of abuse for a woman, attested from 1508.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
SOW
statement of work
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Idioms & Phrases

sow

In addition to the idiom beginning with sow, also see can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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Example sentences
They're a wonderful overwintering plant and self-sow readily.
And the seeds that fall to the ground will self-sow.
In mild winter climates, fall is the ideal time to sow seeds, though you can
  also plant in winter.
They employ fallacy and conspiracy to sow seeds of fear and distrust, and then
  cry when someone labels them for what they are.
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