from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of sow.
- n. The act or process of sowing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who sows or scatters seed.
- n. That which is sowed.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The people, who before wandered about like beasts, were then reduced to civil society; laws were enacted, and the art of tilling and sowing the ground introduced; whence Varro tells us, that Saturn had his name _a satu_, from _sowing_.
Take the chance to change just one “no” into a “yes” and begin sowing the benefits of all your hard work.
But “Sugar Magnolia” does not want you to know that because her interest is in sowing confusion, not clearing things up.
Look at who's leading the charge against Harriet Miers (or at least leading the charge in sowing doubt about her nomination):
Like all other things, it requires great discretion in sowing leaflets, lest you expose yourself to a rebuff.
Our opportunity for well-doing is very uncertain: "Thou knowest not what evil may be upon the earth, which may deprive thee of thy estate, and put thee out of a capacity to do good, and therefore, while thou hast wherewithal, be liberal with it, improve the present season, as the husbandman in sowing his ground, before the frost comes."
As those are not fit to be sown with divine comforts whose fallow ground is not first broken up, so those are not fit to be employed in sowing who know not how to break up the fallow ground, but, when they have laid their hand to the plough, upon every occasion look back and think of quitting it.
As they resemble the children of the kingdom, so they are produced, it seems, by a similar process of "sowing" -- the seeds of evil being scattered and lodging in the soil of those hearts upon which falls the seed of the world.
The republicans are interested in sowing disinformation, fear and hatred and they have a lot to answer for – they have destroyed our democratic discourse, first with 8 years of Bush who DID lie, about real things like fake weapons of mass destruction, who DID abuse power by saying yes to tapping the phones of the public and torture – while Obama has done nothing of the sort – the republican ploy is to accuse others of what THEY themselves are doing.
a good return at harvest are not wont to pinch and spare in sowing their seed, for the return is usually proportionable to what they sow, v. 6. 2.