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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 and Etymology 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


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sow

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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

sowed

sown

play \ˈsōn\ or

sowed

sowing

  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 and Etymology 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



SOW Defined for Kids

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sow

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noun \ˈsau̇\

Definition of sow for Students

  1. :  an adult female pig




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sow

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verb \ˈsō\

Definition of sow for Students

sowed

sown

\ˈsōn\ or

sowed

sowing

  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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