Definitions for: Sow


[n] an adult female hog
[v] introduce into an environment; "sow suspicion or beliefs"
[v] place (seeds) in the ground for future growth; "She sowed sunflower seeds"
[v] place seeds in (the ground); "sow the ground with sunflower seeds"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sow, v. i.
To sew. See Sew. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Sow, n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s[=u], D. zog,
zeug, OHG. s[=u], G. sau, Icel. s[=y]r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga,
so, L. sus. Gr. "y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the
root seen in Skr. s[=u] to beget, to bear; the animal being
named in allusion to its fecundity. [root]294. Cf. Hyena,
Soil to stain, Son, Swine.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) The female of swine, or of the hog kind.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A sow bug.

3. (Metal.)
(a) A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds
in the pig bed.
(b) The bar of metal which remains in such a runner.
(c) A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a
salamander.

4. (Mil.) A kind of covered shed, formerly used by besiegers
in filling up and passing the ditch of a besieged place,
sapping and mining the wall, or the like. --Craig.

Sow bread. (Bot.) See Cyclamen.

Sow bug, or Sowbug (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous
species of terrestrial Isopoda belonging to Oniscus,
Porcellio, and allied genera of the family
Oniscid[ae]. They feed chiefly on decaying vegetable
substances.

Sow thistle [AS. sugepistel] (Bot.), a composite plant
(Sonchus oleraceus) said to be eaten by swine and some
other animals.


Sow, v. t. [imp. Sowed; p. p. Sownor Sowed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Sowing.] [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. s[=a]wan; akin to
OFries. s?a, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. s[=a]jan, G. s["a]en,
Icel. s[=a], Sw. s[*a], Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith.
s[=e]ti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday,
Season, Seed, Seminary.]
1. To scatter, as seed, upon the earth; to plant by strewing;
as, to sow wheat. Also used figuratively: To spread
abroad; to propagate. ``He would sow some difficulty.''
--Chaucer.

A sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some
seeds fell by the wayside. --Matt. xiii.
3, 4.

And sow dissension in the hearts of brothers.
--Addison.

2. To scatter seed upon, in, or over; to supply or stock, as
land, with seeds. Also used figuratively: To scatter over;
to besprinkle.

The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, . . .
and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it
with trifles. --Sir M. Hale.

[He] sowed with stars the heaven. --Milton.

Now morn . . . sowed the earth with orient pearl.
--Milton.


Sow, v. i.
To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop; --
literally or figuratively.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joi. --Ps. cxxvi.
5.

Synonyms: seed, sough, sough

See Also: broadcast, broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, lay, pass around, place, pose, position, propagate, put, scatter, set, spread, swine

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