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[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.
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Examples from the web for sowing
  • Of course, humans could take over for the missing birds, pollinating by hand and sowing the seeds.
  • There may be poetry in intermediate steps, but sowing and reaping still hold a special magic.
  • One of their goals is the idea of sowing doubt or questioning statistics.
  • Two science apps and one panic-sowing app, you mean.
  • sowing, rapid growth for twenty-four hours and the appearance of the same organism.
  • Nor do they agree with the principal seasons of the agricultural year, the sowing in spring and the reaping in autumn.
  • It is sowing the seeds of distrust and hatred and the desire for retribution on the part of our perceived enemies.
  • The training of troops has improved, officials say, but the soldiers' performance is sowing doubts.
  • For environmentalists, one dividend of the protracted fight over the pipeline is sowing unease about oil sands among investors.
  • They are now rapidly sowing more coffee seeds, with the encouragement of the local government.
British Dictionary definitions for sowing

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 sowing

sow

v.

Old English sawan "to scatter seed upon the ground or plant it in the earth, disseminate" (class VII strong verb; past tense seow, past participle sawen), from Proto-Germanic *sean (cf. Old Norse sa, Old Saxon saian, Middle Dutch sayen, Dutch zaaien, Old High German sawen, German säen, Gothic saian), from PIE root *se- (1) "to sow" (cf. Latin sero, past tense sevi, past participle satum "to sow;" Old Church Slavonic sejo, sejati; Lithuanian seju, seti "to sow"), source of semen, season (n.), seed (n.), etc. Figurative sense was in Old English.

n.

Old English sugu, su "female of the swine," from Proto-Germanic *su- (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German su, German Sau, Dutch zeug, Old Norse syr), from PIE root *su- (cf. Sanskrit sukarah "wild boar, swine;" Avestan hu "wild boar;" Greek hys "swine;" Latin sus "swine," swinus "pertaining to swine;" Old Church Slavonic svinija "swine;" Lettish sivens "young pig;" Welsh hucc, Irish suig "swine; Old Irish socc "snout, plowshare"), possibly imitative of pig noise, a notion reinforced by the fact that Sanskrit sukharah means "maker of (the sound) 'su.' " Related to swine. As a term of abuse for a woman, attested from c.1500. Sow-bug "hog louse" is from 1750.

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Related Abbreviations for sowing

SOW

statement of work
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Idioms and Phrases with sowing

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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