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 sown (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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Verb

sower \ ˈsō(-​ə)r How to pronounce sower (audio) \ 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 The governor’s mere suggestion the tradition could be curtailed led one local Batak activist to announce a pork festival for later this month replete with hog races, a bacon cookoff and a booth to take selfies with the fair’s most impressive sow. Los Angeles Times, "A Christian community proud of its pork resists change to attract Muslim tourists," 9 Oct. 2019 The winner of last year’s Fat Bear Week, a sow named 409 Beadnose, was shown sitting down in her tournament photo. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s time to vote for your favorite among Katmai National Park’s fattest brown bears," 30 Sep. 2019 Ads on platforms such as Facebook were one of the key ways that Russian actors sought to amplify disinformation and sow discord ahead of the 2016 election. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Mueller testimony a reminder Congress hasn't passed bill targeting disinformation," 26 July 2019 But boars, sows and piglets have been spotted up and down the road. BostonGlobe.com, "ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Federal officials are getting involved to round up pigs that escaped from a Vermont farm.," 12 Sep. 2019 The man’s wife pummeled the bear with a baseball bat, forcing the sow and her cub to flee the home. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Evidence confirms euthanized bear was involved in Jeffco attack," 28 Aug. 2019 Another yearling and a sow were nearby in the brush, acting aggressively by making noises with their mouths and stomping, said Ontario Provincial Police Constable Jim Davis. Author: Mary Lynn Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "Minnesota woman killed by black bear on Canadian island," 5 Sep. 2019 So far this year, a bear bit a hiker in Aspen, and a sow mauled an 85-year-old woman in Craig, Clay said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Independence Day campers beware: Bears can smell your fruity hand sanitizer five miles away," 2 July 2019 Hog and sow prices in the U.S. have barely budged year-to-date, but are expected to climb. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Bacon Prices Could Soar Due to the ‘Pig Ebola’ That’s Devastating the Pork Industry," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Reputable tech firms will no doubt try to remove the most egregious content, but there will always be other platforms, some of them hosted by regimes that actively sow disinformation in the West. The Economist, "Women in public life are increasingly subject to sexual slander. Don’t believe it," 9 Nov. 2019 To make sure that groundwater isn’t used up fully before the monsoon, the states of Punjab and Haryana decreed a few years ago that farmers cannot sow rice until just before the rains. Shivam Vij, Quartz India, "India’s Green Revolution, which once staved off famines, is now threatening lives," 7 Nov. 2019 Iran and its allies have accused the US and other foreign powers of manipulating the protests to sow chaos. BostonGlobe.com, "BAGHDAD — Anti-government protesters crossed a major bridge in Baghdad on Monday, approaching the prime minister’s office and the headquarters of Iraq’s state-run TV, as security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas, killing at least five demonstrators and wounding dozens.," 5 Nov. 2019 Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites have come under fire over Russia’s use of such platforms to spread misinformation and sow political division in the U.S. during the 2016 presidential campaign. Rachel Lerman, The Denver Post, "The pressure is now on Facebook to ban political ads, too," 31 Oct. 2019 Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites have come under fire over Russia’s use of such platforms to spread misinformation and sow political division in the U.S. during the 2016 presidential campaign. Rachel Lerman, Twin Cities, "The pressure is now on Facebook to ban political ads, too," 31 Oct. 2019 The salmon life cycle would be reproduced by scientists, the eggs fertilized and sown into rivers like wheat into fields. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, "The $68,000 Fish," 28 Oct. 2019 If sowed too early, diseases affect the ryegrass and cause decline. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Dry root balls main reason for azalea decline," 26 Oct. 2019 An estimate by the International Food Policy Research Institute indicates that by 1996 about three quarters of U.S. rice fields had been sown with material descendant from the IRRI collection. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019

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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

noun
How to pronounce sow (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fully grown female pig

sow

verb
How to pronounce sow (audio)

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.

Other Words from sow

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