sow

noun
\ ˈsau̇ How to pronounce sow (audio) \

Definition of sow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an adult female swine also : the adult female of various other animals (such as a bear)
2a : a channel that conducts molten metal to molds
b : a mass of metal solidified in such a mold : ingot

sow

verb
\ ˈsō How to pronounce sow (audio) \
sowed; sown\ ˈsōn How to pronounce sow (audio) \ or sowed; sowing

Definition of sow (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to plant seed for growth especially by scattering
2 : to set something in motion : begin an enterprise

transitive verb

1a : to scatter (seed) upon the earth for growth broadly : plant sense 1a
b : to strew with or as if with seed
c : to introduce into a selected environment : implant
2 : to set in motion : foment sow suspicion
3 : to spread abroad : disperse

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Examples of sow in a Sentence

Verb Every year we sow corn. Farmers sowed the fields with corn. We'll sow in the early spring.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In more temperate parts of the country, direct sow watermelon seeds in ground after all danger of frost is past. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Watermelon Plants," 20 Jan. 2021 Barrie Gilbert was researching grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park in 1977 when he was attacked, badly mauled and permanently disfigured on a high ridge by a sow that was likely protecting her cubs. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1977, a biologist was nearly killed by a bear. That didn’t stop him from working for decades to understand them.," 9 Jan. 2021 After a sow was killed by a train, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department tried to recover her cubs. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "First Texas bears in rehab making steady progress," 14 Jan. 2021 Picture this: an angry sow grizzly is charging you. Outdoor Life, "Best Bear Spray: Five Things to Consider," 5 Jan. 2021 The sow whirled around, lunging with her forelegs toward the thing that had struck her from out of nowhere. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Mountains," 22 Nov. 2020 Tink’s Power Pig, designed to smell like a sow in heat (aka urine). Los Angeles Times, "Texas tackles wild hogs with high-stakes hunts," 27 Nov. 2020 Bears appeared in the distance—a sow and two large cubs, ambling across a tundrafell. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Mountains," 22 Nov. 2020 The Boeing 737-700 struck a brown bear sow, but its cub, thought to be roughly 2 years old, was uninjured, Dapcevich said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Jetliner hits bear while landing in Southeast Alaska, state officials say," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His early appearances on songs by the producer Ethereal would sow the seeds for the Carti mythology. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, "The ‘Punk Monk’ Teachings of Playboi Carti," 15 Mar. 2021 Impeachment supporters argue this approach allowed Trump to continue to sow doubts about the election until the day the Electoral College results were certified, ending in violence. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "In impeachment trial, it depends on what the definition of 'move on' is," 12 Feb. 2021 Warnock has refuted this on Wednesday, saying that this is an effort by Republicans to sow fear and division. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Top Republican Michigan legislators to meet Friday with Trump," 19 Nov. 2020 The Chinese Foreign Ministry in recent months has taken an increasingly proactive approach in pushing back on these witness accounts, trying to sow doubt in the victims' claims. Ibtissem Guenfoud, ABC News, "Uighur woman living in France speaks out about alleged Chinese ‘re-education’ camp horrors," 7 Mar. 2021 By attempting to erode its editorial independence and sow doubt in its credibility, the Trump administration appears to have done much of their work for them. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Trump's Damage to a Cold War Icon," 23 Feb. 2021 President Donald Trump and his allies have continued to try to sow doubt on the results, however, alleging that fraud or corruption in Michigan and several other battleground states despite having no evidence of widespread instances of either. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell leaves Republican Party over 'unacceptable' election claims," 14 Dec. 2020 Trump, meanwhile, is intensifying his brazen attempts to sow doubt on the election results. Arkansas Online, "Biden wants Congress to pass emergency covid aid this year," 20 Nov. 2020 Trump, meanwhile, is intensifying his brazen attempts to sow doubt on the election results. Steve Peoples, chicagotribune.com, "Second stimulus check updates: President-elect Joe Biden calls on Congress for emergency COVID-19 aid before year’s end," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sow

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sow

Noun

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

Verb

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

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The first known use of sow was before the 12th century

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“Sow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sow. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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sow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fully grown female pig

sow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to plant seeds in an area of ground
: to cause (fear, doubt, etc.) to affect many people

sow

noun
\ ˈsau̇ How to pronounce sow (audio) \

Kids Definition of sow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an adult female pig

sow

verb
\ ˈsō How to pronounce sow (audio) \
sowed; sown\ ˈsōn \ or sowed; sowing

Kids Definition of sow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to plant or scatter (as seed) for growing We sow corn every spring.
2 : to cover with or as if with scattered seed for growing The farmer sowed a field with oats.
3 : to set in motion : cause to exist Both groups are sowing bad feelings.

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