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sow1

[soh] /soʊ/
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
900
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
Related forms
sowable, adjective
sower, noun
unsowed, adjective
Synonyms
4. inject, lodge, circulate.

sow2

[sou] /saʊ/
noun
1.
an adult female swine.
2.
the adult female of various other animals, as the bear.
3.
Metallurgy.
  1. 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.
  2. the common channel itself.
  3. 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
Related forms
sowlike, adjective
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Examples for sow
  • They're a wonderful overwintering plant and self-sow readily.
  • 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.
  • If you live in a mild-winter climate, you can sow seeds in fall for winter and spring bloom.
  • Pick a windless day and sow seed evenly, using a drop or rotary spreader.
  • And the seeds that fall to the ground will self-sow.
  • sow seeds, and thin seedlings, following directions on packet.
  • If you're going to grow them, put them in glazed pots on a sunny deck or patio, where they can't self sow.
  • But it's enough to ask leading questions to sow doubt about the official story.
  • To commercialize a technology is to sow the seeds of its dissolution.
British Dictionary definitions for sow

sow1

/səʊ/
verb 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.
(transitive) to implant or introduce to sow a doubt in someone's mind
Derived Forms
sowable, adjective
sower, noun
Word Origin
Old English sāwan; related to Old Norse sā, Old High German sāen, Old Slavonic seja, Latin serere to sow

sow2

/saʊ/
noun
1.
a female adult pig
2.
the female of certain other animals, such as the mink
3.
(metallurgy)
  1. the channels for leading molten metal to the moulds in casting pig iron
  2. iron that has solidified in these channels
Word Origin
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 and History for sow
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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Related Abbreviations for sow

SOW

statement of work
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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