verb (used with object), sowed, sown or sowed, sow·ing.
verb (used without object), sowed, sown or sowed, sow·ing.
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Origin of sow1
OTHER WORDS FROM sowsow·a·ble, adjectivesower, nounun·sowed, adjective
Definition for sow (2 of 2)
- 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.
- the common channel itself.
- a basin holding any of certain molten nonferrous metals to be cast.
Origin of sow2
OTHER WORDS FROM sowsowlike, adjective
How to use sow in a sentence
By some accounts, it’s the second consecutive presidential election flubbed by election forecasters who used polling data, which has sowed frustration and distrust among the general public, journalists, and politicians alike.
The intention was to prevent Facebook from being overwhelmed by a blitz of last-minute ads that would require fact-checking, and to limit the ability of political groups to sow confusion or violence.Republicans spent millions on last-minute voting ads on Facebook|Tate Ryan-Mosley|November 9, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Attempts to sow confusion and doubtThe wait for election results has been a stressful one.Five election misinformation campaigns to avoid resharing|By Starbird, West, & DiResta/The Conversation|November 6, 2020|Popular Science
Employing such tactics to spread disinformation and sow confusion amid elections isn’t new, and it’s not yet clear whether they were used more this year than in previous elections—or what effect they actually had on turnout.Election robocalls: what we know and what we don’t|James Temple|November 4, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Some security experts also say the agency hasn’t done enough to help secure the broader range of technology outside of voting machines and voter registration databases that adversaries could hack to sow chaos around the election.DHS plans largest operation to secure U.S. election against hacking|Joseph Marks|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
Others also suspect civil groups with funding coming from Mainland China are sowing dissent.
He laid the blame firmly on meddling by foreign powers sowing civil disobedience.
Biden called on Russia to "stop supporting men hiding behind masks and unmarked uniforms sowing unrest in eastern Ukraine."
Sowing seeds in that region today could pay off later, in the primaries and on Election Day.
Those loans are supposed to help farmers buy seed and fertilizer, and float the long period between sowing and harvest.How a Discrimination Settlement Turned into a Bonanza for Fraudsters|Megan McArdle|April 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The seeds, however, are so small that the variety to which they belong cannot be determined except by planting or sowing them.
It laid its hold upon agriculture, sowing and reaping the grain and transporting it to the ends of the earth.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
They would never connive at this second sowing of the dragon's teeth of Cadmus.
Ah, they were talking about the Fayyūm—doubtless discussing some question of sowing, planting, of the cultivation of land!Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
He commences work on his plant-bed in March, sowing the seed about the same time as the Virginia planters.
British Dictionary definitions for sow (1 of 2)
verb sows, sowing, sowed, sown or sowed
Derived forms of sowsowable, adjectivesower, noun
Word Origin for sow
British Dictionary definitions for sow (2 of 2)
- the channels for leading molten metal to the moulds in casting pig iron
- iron that has solidified in these channels
Word Origin for sow
Idioms and Phrases with sow
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