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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Other Words from sow

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

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 First, there was a Russian effort to spread social media propaganda that could hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign and help Trump (as well as sow division in the United States). Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Watch live: Robert Mueller’s testimony about the Trump-Russia investigation," 24 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter Many in the opposition scorn talks, after three attempts since 2014 that Mr Maduro used merely to buy time and sow division. The Economist, "A faint hope for Venezuela," 18 July 2019 The sow’s body was found the next morning about 250 yards from the home. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Fatal shooting of bear in Castle Pines was justified because of personal safety concerns, wildlife officials rule," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Learn about the benefits of growing cover crops, including how to select the right type for your space and needs, when and how to sow your seeds, and what to do with your crop in the spring. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Fall garden fairs, plant sales and more," 13 Sep. 2019 This still-wildish plant is best started by sowing seeds when rains get under way in fall. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Plant now: A Mediterranean garden for the fall," 6 Sep. 2019 The indignation over Versailles supposedly explained why Germany eventually voted into power the firebrand Nazi Adolf Hitler, sowing the seeds of the World War II. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Lessons of the Versailles Treaty," 25 July 2019 Two people at full strength could barely manage all the chores of a homestead: plowing, sowing, raising fence. David Canfield, EW.com, "A close read of Inland, the rare novel with a perfect ending," 15 Aug. 2019 The House panel did find that Russia sought to sow discord in the U.S. through cyberattacks and social media. Tom Lobianco And Chad Day, BostonGlobe.com, "GOP-led House panel officially clears President Trump in Russia probe," 27 Apr. 2018 The warning comes four days after U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused 13 Russians of a sophisticated disinformation campaign that targeted the 2016 election and sought to sow discord in the U.S. Bloomberg.com, "Latvia Signals Russia May Be Interfering in Banking Crisis," 20 Feb. 2018 Late in the month, sow seeds of summer crops such as beans, corn, and squash. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 Her guests paid cash in advance for her signature crab cake dish, and the seed was sown. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "Southern foodie Erika Barrett brings her first restaurant home to Mobile," 20 Aug. 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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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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