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sow

play
noun \ˈsau̇\

Simple Definition of sow

  • : a fully grown female pig

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

Full Definition of sow

sowedsown play \ˈsōn\ or sowedsow·ing

  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

sow·er play \ˈsō(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of sow

  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

  1. :  an adult female pig




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sow

play
verb \ˈsō\

Definition of sow

sowedsown \ˈsōn\ or sowedsow·ing

  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.>

sow·er noun




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