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sow

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[ soh ]
/ soʊ /
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verb (used with object), sowed, sown or sowed, sow·ing.
to scatter (seed) over land, earth, etc., for growth; plant.
to plant seed for: to sow a crop.
to scatter seed over (land, earth, etc.) for the purpose of growth.
to implant, introduce, or promulgate; seek to propagate or extend; disseminate: to sow distrust or dissension.
to strew or sprinkle with anything.
verb (used without object), sowed, sown or sowed, sow·ing.
to sow seed, as for the production of a crop.
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Origin of sow

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM sow

sow·a·ble, adjectivesower, nounun·sowed, adjective

Other definitions for sow (2 of 2)

sow2
[ sou ]
/ saʊ /

noun
an adult female swine.
the adult female of various other animals, as the bear.
Metallurgy.
  1. a large oblong mass of iron that has solidified in the common channel through which the molten metal flows to the smaller channels in which the pigs solidify.
  2. the common channel itself.
  3. a basin holding any of certain molten nonferrous metals to be cast.

Origin of sow

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before 900; Middle English sowe,Old English sugu; cognate with German Sau,Old Norse sȳr,Latin sūs,Greek hûs,Tocharian B suwo;see swine

OTHER WORDS FROM sow

sowlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sow (1 of 2)

sow1
/ (səʊ) /

verb sows, sowing, sowed, sown or sowed
to scatter or place (seed, a crop, etc) in or on (a piece of ground, field, etc) so that it may growto sow wheat; to sow a strip of land
(tr) to implant or introduceto sow a doubt in someone's mind

Derived forms of sow

sowable, adjectivesower, noun

Word Origin for sow

Old English sāwan; related to Old Norse sā, Old High German sāen, Old Slavonic seja, Latin serere to sow

British Dictionary definitions for sow (2 of 2)

sow2
/ (saʊ) /

noun
a female adult pig
the female of certain other animals, such as the mink
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 for sow

Old English sugu; related to Old Norse sӯr, Old High German sū, Latin sūs, Norwegian sugga, Dutch zeug: see swine
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