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 sow (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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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 whirled around, lunging with her forelegs toward the thing that had struck her from out of nowhere. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Mountains," 22 Nov. 2020 Tink’s Power Pig, designed to smell like a sow in heat (aka urine). Los Angeles Times, "Texas tackles wild hogs with high-stakes hunts," 27 Nov. 2020 Bears appeared in the distance—a sow and two large cubs, ambling across a tundrafell. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Mountains," 22 Nov. 2020 The Boeing 737-700 struck a brown bear sow, but its cub, thought to be roughly 2 years old, was uninjured, Dapcevich said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Jetliner hits bear while landing in Southeast Alaska, state officials say," 16 Nov. 2020 The sow herd grew for the first time in June, and surged 37% in August on a year ago, shows ministry data. Dominique Patton Reuters, Star Tribune, "China's pork industry begins recovery after disease outbreak," 3 Oct. 2020 According to the report, Gross and a man accompanying him, named Jeffrey Jones, shot a sow bear in defense of life or property. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Gross campaign releases record of his killing of a bear in self-defense, a major campaign talking point," 29 Sep. 2020 It was left to Steele, the old intel pro, to turn this sow’s ear into a silk purse. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Steele’s Dossier Source Was a Suspected Russian Spy," 26 Sep. 2020 Trump wasn't the only top administration official trying to make a silk purse from a sow's ear on Monday. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "A bubble of self-delusion in Washington," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The outgoing president's two-month-long campaign to sow the seeds of doubt in Georgia's election system and overturn the results have thrown the Republican campaigns into chaos. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Trump, Biden hit Georgia ahead of runoffs, after president's call to Raffensperger emerges," 4 Jan. 2021 Online, far-right sites mounted coördinated efforts to sow fear among Latinos over the Black Lives Matter protests, raise doubts about the election’s legitimacy, and pit communities of color against one another. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Deconstructing the 2020 Latino Vote," 31 Dec. 2020 Its leader, General Qassem Soleimani, used this walking around money to sow murder and chaos before Trump ended his reign of terror last January. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "There’s No Reason for Biden to Reward Iran," 19 Dec. 2020 Until then, the Thunder have put themselves in as good a position as possible to sow big rewards in the next half-decade. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA offseason grades: From Bucks to Lakers and beyond, which teams have set up themselves for success?," 16 Dec. 2020 The machines include a shredder that breaks down rice stubble and mulches it into the ground and a seed drill – called the Happy Seeder – that follows to sow wheat through the mulch. Rina Saeed Khan, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Pakistan, a 'Happy' solution to curb crop burning takes off," 8 Dec. 2020 After spending billions to sow disinformation for decades, oil companies are now spending mere pocket change on clean energy. Lydia Millet, The New Republic, "Why Biden Should Declare a Climate Emergency," 7 Dec. 2020 Russia has a history of using social media, including during the 2020 election, to sow disinformation in the United States, boost Trump and intensify doubts and divisions. Washington Post, "To Russia’s Putin, President-elect Biden is still a ‘candidate’," 26 Nov. 2020 The store also sells seed packet cards that the recipient can sow in the spring. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Go 'green' this holiday season. Try these 10 eco-friendly gift-giving and wrapping tips," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for sow

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The first known use of sow was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

13 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sow. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for sow

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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