- 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.
- to sow seed, as for the production of a crop.
Origin of sow1
Synonyms for sow
Related Words for sowingpropagate, grow, scatter, raise, disseminate, toss, fling, inseminate, broadcast, seed, drill, pitch, lodge, implant, strew, disject
Examples from the Web for sowing
Contemporary Examples of sowing
Others also suspect civil groups with funding coming from Mainland China are sowing dissent.Hong Kong’s Triads Attack Protestors
October 4, 2014
Sowing seeds in that region today could pay off later, in the primaries and on Election Day.How Chris Christie Can Win in 2016
November 18, 2013
Farmers may also use explosives to loosen soil or break up boulders and tree stumps that get in the way of sowing crops.Who Needs Explosives Anyway?
April 26, 2013
Israel needs people who will tell the truth about the destruction its policies are sowing.Who We Push Beyond the Pale
Emily L. Hauser
August 29, 2012
Historical Examples of sowing
Rice-puddings can be grown, ready-made, by sowing rice with cowcumbers.
From door to door he galloped, a lesser Paul Revere, but sowing seeds of harmony.Tiverton Tales
Summer had begun, and the time for sowing the high-growing millet had come.The Chinese Fairy Book
An August sowing will give late winter and early spring flowers.The Mayflower, January, 1905
But, not to interrupt you further (I continued), after sowing, naturally we hope to come to reaping.The Economist
- 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
Word Origin for sow
- a female adult pig
- the female of certain other animals, such as the mink
- 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