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 sow clawed at his eye, leaving a bloody gash across the bridge of his nose. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone," 15 Oct. 2018 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said in a statement Monday that the bear’s response was normal for a sow with a cub encountering a human at close range. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone," 15 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Immigration raids sow terror that those impacted say can be hard to move past, even for people who avoid detention and deportation. Natascha Uhlmann, Teen Vogue, "How Activists Can Fight Back Against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," 13 May 2019 Improve its low germination rate by soaking the seed in bathtub-warm water for one hour, then sow 1 inch apart. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Beets This Fall for a Hearty Autumn Harvest," 21 Aug. 2018 But, some lawmakers worry, if the seed for an eventual bill is sown during a general conversation, could that be a violation? Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Some Alaska lawmakers say new ethics rules are too limiting," 10 Feb. 2019 The seeds of neurodiversity are sown from the first moments a child’s brain begins developing. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Can This AI-Powered Baby Translator Help Diagnose Autism?," 11 May 2018 But for Jaglan, brimming with raw ability and natural talent, a seed had been sown. George Ramsay, CNN, "Shubham Jaglan: The golf prodigy hoping to win India's first major title," 2 May 2018 But a closer look reveals that the seeds of the art were sown by and during the civil-rights movement. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Fear of a Black 'Messiah'," 8 Apr. 2018 For months, Nunes has been battling with the Justice Department for a range of documents in an attempt to sow doubt about the roots of the Russia investigation. Manu Raju, Laura Jarrett And Jeremy Herb, CNN, "Ryan backs Nunes in latest dispute with Justice Department," 10 May 2018 Teenagers need to test boundaries and sow a few wild oats; when that teenager is a witch, the stakes are a bit higher. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 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 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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