sow

noun
\ ˈsau̇ \

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 \
sowed; sown\ ˈsōn \ 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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Verb

sower \ ˈsō(-​ə)r \ noun

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

Ten states — none major pork producers — have passed laws that ban or phase out the use of those narrow metal cages, known as gestation crates or stalls, where sows are confined during their frequent pregnancies. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Undercover video shows pig abuse but also common practices," 30 July 2018 For a fall crop, also known as a second harvest, sow seeds indoors in May or June, and follow the same directions, transplanting seedlings in June or July. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Crunchy Celery," 19 Apr. 2017 Peter confiscates her scrunchie, but his ex-girlfriend Gen steals it at the same party to mess with his mind and sow seeds of discord with Lara Jean, her ex-best friend. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Best Scrunchies to Channel Lara Jean Covey from "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"," 21 Aug. 2018 If sowing seeds directly, sow 4 seeds per inch in rows 6-8 inches apart. Hilary Dahl, Good Housekeeping, "4 Essential Tips For Planning Your Fall Garden—And 5 Veggies You Can Still Plant In August," 3 Aug. 2017 The sow had been killed the day before, but neither the skull nor hide were salvaged. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Brown bear cub rescued after sow illegally killed near Nome," 10 May 2018 In mid-August set out broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts transplants, and in late August sow beets, carrots, radishes, spinach, lettuce and other leaf and root crops. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Refresh the bait every day or every few days, using the remote-sensing camera to reveal if feral hogs are using the trap/pen and if it's being visited by solitary boars or multi-pig sounders of adult sows with their offspring. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Late winter gives Texas hunters best shot at feral hogs," 24 Jan. 2018 DeSpain says a man and woman on a rafting trip stopped to camp and encountered a grizzly sow and at least one cub. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Grizzly bear mauls man on Copper River rafting trip," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Past: Election hackers are usually trying to sow confusion and undermine trust in the institutions of democracy. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018 Speaking at a campaign rally in Miami for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Obama bluntly accused Trump of lying and sowing division in a nation racked by polarization. Zeeshan Aleem, Vox, "Obama tends to hold back. But he’s getting aggressive for the midterms.," 3 Nov. 2018 Sanchez, who called for the crowd to march to ICE, said the second protest wasn't intended to sow division. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Immigration rally splits as group calls out Fischer over 'sanctuary city' policy," 30 June 2018 The result, Horowitz said, undermined public confidence in the FBI and sowed doubt about the bureau’s handling of the Clinton investigation, which even two years later remains politically divisive. Matt Apuzzo, BostonGlobe.com, "Comey cited as ‘insubordinate,’ but report finds no bias in FBI decision to clear Clinton," 15 June 2018 Clinton has suggested that Comey’s actions might have cost her the election by slowing her momentum in the final days of the race and sowing doubts about her in the minds of voters who were on the fence. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Inspector general details FBI's missteps during 2016 campaign," 14 June 2018 Whenever Mueller does present his findings, however, Trump will have already attempted to sow doubt about the investigation. Tessa Berenson, Time, "President Trump Wants the FBI Investigated. Here Are 3 Possible Reasons Why," 22 May 2018 Last year, the company that supplies Venezuela's electronic voting machines said the tally in a crucial vote for an all-powerful constitutional assembly was off by at least 1 million, sowing further doubt about results. Fox News, "AP Explains: What's at stake in Venezuelan presidential vote," 17 May 2018 In a court order, for example, Sears sowed doubts among note buyers that the securities could be used for calculating swaps payouts, curbing market interest, people familiar with the matter said. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Sears Bankruptcy Battle Tests Swaps Market," 19 Dec. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of sow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an adult female pig

sow

verb
\ ˈsō \
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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