Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To scatter (seed) over the ground for growing.
  • transitive v. To spread (land, for example) with seed.
  • transitive v. To strew something around or over (an area); distribute something over.
  • transitive v. To propagate; disseminate: sow rumors.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female pig.
  • n. A channel that conducts molten metal to molds.
  • n. A mass of metal solidified in a mold.
  • n. A contemptible woman.
  • v. To scatter, disperse, or plant (seeds).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To sew. See sew.
  • n. The female of swine, or of the hog kind.
  • n. A sow bug.
  • n.
  • 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. 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.
  • transitive v. To scatter, as seed, upon the earth; to plant by strewing. Also used figuratively: To spread abroad; to propagate.
  • transitive v. To scatter seed upon, in, or over; to supply or stock, as land, with seeds. Also used figuratively: To scatter over; to besprinkle.
  • intransitive v. To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop; -- literally or figuratively.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English sowen, from Old English sāwan.
Middle English, from Old English sugu and Old English .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English sowe, from Old English sugu, from Proto-Germanic *sugō (compare West Frisian sûch, Dutch zeug, Low German Söög, Swedish sugga, Norwegian sugge), from Proto-Indo-European *suh₂kéh₂ (compare Welsh hwch ‘pig’, Sanskrit सूकर (sūkará, "swine, boar")), from *suh₂-, *sū- ‘pig’ (compare German Sau, Latin sūs, Tocharian B suwo, Ancient Greek ὗς (hỹs), Albanian thi, Avestan hū ‘boar’). See also swine. (Wiktionary)
Old English sāwan, from Proto-Germanic *sēanan, from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁-. (Wiktionary)

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  • "9. A military engine consisting of a movable roof arranged to protect men handling a battering-ram. Compare vinea, also cat and cat-castle."

    --Century Dictionary

    January 7, 2011

  • Female pig; distribute seeds.

    November 22, 2007