verb (used with object), sowed, sown or sowed, sow·ing.
verb (used without object), sowed, sown or sowed, sow·ing.
- sow bug,
- sow one's wild oats,
- sow thistle,
- sow wild oats,
Origin of sow1
Examples from the Web for sowing
Others also suspect civil groups with funding coming from Mainland China are sowing dissent.
Sowing seeds in that region today could pay off later, in the primaries and on Election Day.
Farmers may also use explosives to loosen soil or break up boulders and tree stumps that get in the way of sowing crops.
Israel needs people who will tell the truth about the destruction its policies are sowing.
If any sowing has gone wrong, do not waste time by repining over it, but sow again.
Then he cut out the form of a horse in the green turf, sowing the whole contour of the animal with lime.A Walk from London to John O'Groat's|Elihu Burritt
I tell you, you could collar 400 roubles off an acre by sowing mint!Fruits of Culture|Leo Tolstoy
For winter supplies a first sowing may be made in June, in a cold frame, and prepared for transfer to fruiting pots in September.
It was now the planting season, and from morn till night we were in the field, breaking the ground and sowing the grain.Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches|Edwin Eastman
verb sows, sowing, sowed, sown or sowed
Word Origin for sow
- the channels for leading molten metal to the moulds in casting pig iron
- iron that has solidified in these channels
Word Origin for sow
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.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with sow
- sow one's wild oats
- can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear