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sow

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noun \ˈsau̇\

Simple Definition of sow

  • : a fully grown female pig

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sow

  1. 1 :  an adult female swine; also :  the adult female of various other animals (as a bear)

  2. 2a :  a channel that conducts molten metal to moldsb :  a mass of metal solidified in such a mold :  ingot

Origin of sow

Middle English sowe, from Old English sugu; akin to Old English & Old High German sow, Latin sus pig, swine, hog, Greek hys


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

Rhymes with sow


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sow

play
verb \ˈsō\

Simple Definition of sow

  • : to plant seeds in an area of ground

  • : to cause (fear, doubt, etc.) to affect many people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sow

sowedsown play \ˈsōn\ or sowedsowing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to plant seed for growth especially by scattering

  3. 2 :  to set something in motion :  begin an enterprise

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1a :  to scatter (as seed) upon the earth for growth; broadly :  plant 1ab :  to strew with or as if with seedc :  to introduce into a selected environment :  implant

  6. 2 :  to set in motion :  foment <sow suspicion>

  7. 3 :  to spread abroad :  disperse

sower play \ˈsō(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of sow in a sentence

  1. Every year we sow corn.

  2. Farmers sowed the fields with corn.

  3. We'll sow in the early spring.



Origin of sow

Middle English, from Old English sāwan; akin to Old High German sāwen to sow, Latin serere, Lithuanian sėti


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with sow



SOW Defined for Kids

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sow

play
noun \ˈsau̇\

Definition of sow for Students

  1. :  an adult female pig




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sow

play
verb \ˈsō\

Definition of sow for Students

sowedsown \ˈsōn\ or sowedsowing

  1. 1 :  to plant or scatter (as seed) for growing <We sow corn every spring.>

  2. 2 :  to cover with or as if with scattered seed for growing <The farmer sowed a field with oats.>

  3. 3 :  to set in motion :  cause to exist <Both groups are sowing bad feelings.>

sower noun




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