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sow1

[soh] /soʊ/
verb (used with object), sowed, sown or sowed, sowing.
1.
to scatter (seed) over land, earth, etc., for growth; plant.
2.
to plant seed for:
to sow a crop.
3.
to scatter seed over (land, earth, etc.) for the purpose of growth.
4.
to implant, introduce, or promulgate; seek to propagate or extend; disseminate:
to sow distrust or dissension.
5.
to strew or sprinkle with anything.
verb (used without object), sowed, sown or sowed, sowing.
6.
to sow seed, as for the production of a crop.
Origin of sow1
900
before 900; Middle English sowen, Old English sāwan; cognate with Dutch zaaien, German säen, Old Norse sā, Gothic saian; akin to seed, Latin sēmen seed, serere to sow
Related forms
sowable, adjective
sower, noun
unsowed, adjective
Synonyms
4. inject, lodge, circulate.
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Examples from the Web for sower
Historical Examples
  • Gun-wheels, horses' hoofs, feet of men had made of naught the sower's pains.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He plucked an ear of wholesome admonition from the parable of the sower.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth
  • Every young man is now a sower of seed on the field of life.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis
  • It was the parable of the sower and the seed, in the thirteenth of St. Matthew.

    Amy Harrison Amy Harrison
  • The rising Nile moistening and fertilizing the land, prepares the way for the sower.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Look first to the question which meets an inquirer at the outset, Who is the sower?

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
  • This is the sower, but the grain is in this instance only chaff.

    A Tramp's Wallet William Duthie
  • Not one would have come to perfection if the sower had been too lavish with his seed.

  • I should like to say the following about black and white:—take my sower!

  • What vigour there is in the parable of the sower, the harvest, and the fig tree!

British Dictionary definitions for sower

sow1

/səʊ/
verb sows, sowing, sowed, sown, sowed
1.
to scatter or place (seed, a crop, etc) in or on (a piece of ground, field, etc) so that it may grow: to sow wheat, to sow a strip of land
2.
(transitive) to implant or introduce: to sow a doubt in someone's mind
Derived Forms
sowable, adjective
sower, noun
Word Origin
Old English sāwan; related to Old Norse sā, Old High German sāen, Old Slavonic seja, Latin serere to sow

sow2

/saʊ/
noun
1.
a female adult pig
2.
the female of certain other animals, such as the mink
3.
(metallurgy)
  1. the channels for leading molten metal to the moulds in casting pig iron
  2. iron that has solidified in these channels
Word Origin
Old English sugu; related to Old Norse sӯr, Old High German sū, Latin sūs, Norwegian sugga, Dutch zeug: see swine
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Word Origin and History for sower
n.

Old English sawere, agent noun from sow (v.).

sow

v.

Old English sawan "to scatter seed upon the ground or plant it in the earth, disseminate" (class VII strong verb; past tense seow, past participle sawen), from Proto-Germanic *sean (cf. Old Norse sa, Old Saxon saian, Middle Dutch sayen, Dutch zaaien, Old High German sawen, German säen, Gothic saian), from PIE root *se- (1) "to sow" (cf. Latin sero, past tense sevi, past participle satum "to sow;" Old Church Slavonic sejo, sejati; Lithuanian seju, seti "to sow"), source of semen, season (n.), seed (n.), etc. Figurative sense was in Old English.

sow

n.

Old English sugu, su "female of the swine," from Proto-Germanic *su- (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German su, German Sau, Dutch zeug, Old Norse syr), from PIE root *su- (cf. Sanskrit sukarah "wild boar, swine;" Avestan hu "wild boar;" Greek hys "swine;" Latin sus "swine," swinus "pertaining to swine;" Old Church Slavonic svinija "swine;" Lettish sivens "young pig;" Welsh hucc, Irish suig "swine; Old Irish socc "snout, plowshare"), possibly imitative of pig noise, a notion reinforced by the fact that Sanskrit sukharah means "maker of (the sound) 'su.' " Related to swine. As a term of abuse for a woman, attested from c.1500. Sow-bug "hog louse" is from 1750.

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sow

In addition to the idiom beginning with sow also see: can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
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