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sow

noun \ ˈsau̇ \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of sow

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

Recent Examples of sow from the Web

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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

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sow

verb \ ˈsō \

Definition of sow

sowed; sown play \ˈsōn\ or sowed; sowing
intransitive verb
1 : to plant seed for growth especially by scattering
2 : to set something in motion : begin an enterprise
transitive verb
1 a : to scatter (seed) upon the earth for growth; broadly : plant 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

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.

Recent Examples of sow from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sow

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

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SOW Defined for English Language Learners

sow

noun

Definition of sow for English Language Learners

  • : a fully grown female pig


sow

verb

Definition of sow for English Language Learners

  • : to plant seeds in an area of ground

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


SOW Defined for Kids

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sow

noun \ ˈsau̇ \

Definition of sow for Students

: an adult female pig

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sow

verb \ ˈsō \

Definition of sow for Students

sowed; sown \ˈsōn\ or sowed; sowing
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.

sower

noun


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