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Definitions of sow

  1. place seeds in ( the ground); " sow the ground with sunflower seeds"
  2. place ( seeds) in the ground for future growth; " She sowed sunflower seeds"
  3. introduce into an environment; " sow suspicion or beliefs"
  4. an adult female hog
  5. place ( seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; " She sowed sunflower seeds"
  6. place seeds in or on ( the ground); " sow the ground with sunflower seeds"
  7. To sew. See Sew.
  8. The female of swine, or of the hog kind.
  9. A sow bug.
  10. A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds in the pig bed.
  11. The bar of metal which remains in such a runner.
  12. A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a salamander.
  13. 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.
  14. To scatter, as seed, upon the earth; to plant by strewing; as, to sow wheat. Also used figuratively: To spread abroad; to propagate.
  15. To scatter seed upon, in, or over; to supply or stock, as land, with seeds. Also used figuratively: To scatter over; to besprinkle.
  16. To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop; -- literally or figuratively.
  17. The full- grown female of the swine species; feminine of hog.
  18. To strew, as seed, upon the earth; to plant by strewing; to scatter seed in, on, or over; as, to sow a field; to spread abroad; as, to sow disco tent.
  19. To scatter seed for growth.
  20. Sower.
  21. Sowed.
  22. Sown.
  23. Sowing.
  24. A female pig: an oblong piece of metal larger than a pig.
  25. To scatter seed that it may grow: to plant by strewing: to scatter seed over: to spread.
  26. A female swine.
  27. To scatter, as seed for growing; scatter seed over; disseminate.
  28. To scatter, as seed; disseminate.
  29. To plant with seed.
  30. To scatter as seed for a harvest.
  31. A female hog.
  32. A small bug. sowbug.
  33. A female pig; an oblong piece of metal; a milleped.
  34. To scatter seed for growth; to scatter seed over; to propagate; to scatter over.
  35. A female pig or swine; the principal bar in the cast run off from a smelting- furnace, the numerous small bars branching off from it on the right and left being called pigs.
  36. To scatter on the ground for the purpose of growth; to spread seed over tilled soil, as a field or garden; to spread; to scatter; to propagate.

Usage examples for sow

  1. And then: Consumptions sow In hollow bones of man........... – The Man Shakespeare by Frank Harris
  2. And Alec's was one of those natures that sow Hope everywhere. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  3. You do not plough in time and do not sow in time, and mother earth does not bring forth anything. – Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales by Leo Tolstoy
  4. I believe this author and lover of his fellows has grown the good seed that ultimately will sow the continent with bread. – The Making of a Country Parish by Harlow S. (Harlow Spencer) Mills
  5. Our duty is to sow good seed in the minds of our children, and to see that the ground be kept as free from evil weeds as possible. – Home Scenes, and Home Influence A Series of Tales and Sketches by T. S. Arthur
  6. What hope shall we gather, what dreams shall we sow? – The Golden Threshold by Sarojini Naidu
  7. I wanted Nancy to sow her economic wild oats. – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley
  8. It is a fixed law that you reap the same kind of seed you sow. – Sowing and Reaping by Dwight Moody
  9. Tom he went a- sowin', to sow a field of grain; But half of that 'ere sowin' was altogether in vain. – Farm Ballads by Will Carleton
  10. If you live in prairie country where your wheat will not pay, never sow oats unless you let your hogs take them before cutting. – One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed by C. A. Bogardus
  11. Such a man must be disinterested; he must not desire fame or influence; he must be content if he can sow the seeds of beauty in a few minds. – Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  12. A novel and pretty window ornament can be made in this way: Take a white sponge of large size, and sow it full of rice, oats and wheat. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various
  13. 2. Sow on well- drained land and never in the shade or near grass. – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study by Ontario Ministry of Education
  14. I can sow in one day what will take ten men to reap. – Sowing and Reaping by Dwight Moody
  15. All I know is that wheat is better than when I began to sow it. – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  16. So far as regards many of the most desired results of literature, we can but sow the seed, and wait years for the bloom- a lifetime, maybe, for the fruit. – Literature in the Elementary School by Porter Lander MacClintock
  17. Your father evidently brought them out to sow in his garden. – Twice Lost by W.H.G. Kingston
  18. Without this reward each time, the sow would not continue the search. – The South of France--East Half by Charles Bertram Black
  19. She and Rotha used to go into the garden to gather vegetables and to pick fruit; and at other times to weed and dress the beds and sow flower seeds. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  20. He had expected them to drop in to visit with him, when he might sow the good seed in season without appearing to seek an occasion for so doing. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
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