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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sow \Sow\, verb (used without an object) To sew. See {Sew}. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sow \Sow\, noun [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. (Zool.) The female of swine, or of the hog kind.

2. (Zool.) 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} (Zool.), any one of numerous species of terrestrial {Isopoda} belonging to {Oniscus}, {Porcellio}, and allied genera of the family {Oniscidae}. 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sow \Sow\, verb (used without an object) 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sow \Sow\, verb (used with an object) [imp. {Sowed}; p. p. {Sown}or {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[aum]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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sow

noun

1: an adult female hog

verb

1: place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; "She sowed sunflower seeds" [syn: {sow}, {seed}]

2: introduce into an environment; "sow suspicion or beliefs"

3: place seeds in or on (the ground); "sow the ground with sunflower seeds" [syn: {inseminate}, {sow}, {sow in}]


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