American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To scatter (seed) over the ground for growing.
- v. To spread (land, for example) with seed.
- v. To strew something around or over (an area); distribute something over.
- v. To propagate; disseminate: sow rumors.
- v. To scatter seed for growing.
- idiom. oats To indulge in dissolute or licentious behavior, especially to be sexually promiscuous, when young. Usually used of men.
- n. An adult female hog.
- n. The adult female of several other animals, such as the bear.
- n. A channel that conducts molten iron to the molds in a pig bed.
- n. The mass of metal solidified in such a channel or mold.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To scatter, as seed upon the earth, for the purpose of growth; plant by strewing.
- To scatter seed over for growth; supply or stock with seed.
- To scatter over; besprinkle; spangle: as, a velvet pall sown with golden bees.
- To spread abroad; cause to extend; disseminate; propagate: as, to sow discord.
- To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop.
- n. An adult female hog; the female of swine.
- n. A sow-bug.
- n. In metallurgy, the metal which has solidified in the common channel or feeder through which the molten iron flows from the blast-furnace into a series of parallel grooves or furrows, which are the “pigs” appertaining to the sow, and the iron from which bears the name of pigiron, or simply pig: used also of other metals.
- n. A military engine consisting of a movable roof arranged to protect men handling a battering-ram. Compare vinea, also cat and cat-castle.
- Female: applied to fish: as, a sow hake. See sow fish, under fish.
- An obsolete spelling of sew.
- n. In metallurgy: Same as bear, 7.
- n. A female pig.
- n. A channel that conducts molten metal to molds.
- n. A mass of metal solidified in a mold.
- n. derogatory, slang A contemptible woman.
- v. transitive To scatter, disperse, or plant (seeds).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To sew. See sew.
- n. (Zoöl.) The female of swine, or of the hog kind.
- n. (Zoöl.) A sow bug.
- n. A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds in the pig bed.
- n. The bar of metal which remains in such a runner.
- n. A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a salamander.
- n. (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.
- v. To scatter, as seed, upon the earth; to plant by strewing. Also used figuratively: To spread abroad; to propagate.
- v. To scatter seed upon, in, or over; to supply or stock, as land, with seeds. Also used figuratively: To scatter over; to besprinkle.
- v. To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop; -- literally or figuratively.
- n. an adult female hog
- v. place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
- v. place seeds in or on (the ground)
- v. introduce into an environment
- Old English sāwan, from Proto-Germanic *sēanan, from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁-. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sowen, from Old English sāwan. Middle English, from Old English sugu and Old English sū. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Boars are usually rank and sows are usually thin from nursing pigs. a fat sow is usually pregnant and good eating too.”
“Or at least watch more television, cause reap what you sow is about as common as turn the other cheek.”
“When in fact it does no such thing, and any lethality it might sow is 1. pure SPECULATION since no deaths are recoreded 2. a mere “possibility”, HOWEVER REMOTE.”
“The fact we are worried now, if we get sufficiently worried, not only to think hard on the facts but to face the facts, is our best assurance that we won't again sow the seeds for a third World War.”
“Will sow" is the Hebrew future, said of that which has been done, is being done, and may be done afterwards [Maurer],”
“The word sough, now pronounced suff, was formerly called sow; whence the iron fused and received into a sough acquired the name of sowmetal; and that received into less soughs from the former one obtained the name of pigs of iron or of lead; from the pun on the word sough, into sow and pigs.”
“Bozo The Neoclown says: fuzzy nipples, the topic if the twinkie-gulping-skank liz cheney and if she’s guilty of giving “aid and comfort to the enemy” in time of war”? what’s the matter, are you afraid to engage in the topic at hand since the fat sow is indefensable?”
“The purpose of money is to reap so that you can sow, and to sow is to invest, he explains.”
“We reap what we sow, that is what happens in a democracy like ours.”
“The pigs stay in the crates, also called sow stalls, during their four-month pregnancies.”
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