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sow 1

 (sō)
v. sowed, sown (sōn) or sowed, sow·ing, sows
v.tr.
1. To scatter (seed) over the ground for growing.
2. To scatter seed over (land, for example).
3. To strew something around or over (an area); distribute something over: "The yard was sown with cement sculpture" (Ashley Warlick).
4. To propagate; disseminate: sow rumors.
v.intr.
To scatter seed for growing.
Idiom:
sow (one's) oats/wild oats
To indulge in sexually promiscuous or dissolute behavior, especially as a young adult.

[Middle English sowen, from Old English sāwan; see sē- in Indo-European roots.]

sow′er n.

sow 2

 (sou)
n.
1.
a. An adult female pig, especially one that has had at least one litter.
b. The adult female of several other animals, such as the bear.
2.
a. A channel that conducts molten iron to the molds in a pig bed.
b. The mass of metal solidified in such a channel or mold.

[Middle English, from Old English sugu and Old English ; see sū- in Indo-European roots.]

sowing

(ˈsəʊɪŋ)
n
1. (Agriculture)
a. the act of scattering seeds on land so that they may grow
b. (as modifier): the sowing season.
2. (Agriculture) (as modifier): the sowing season.
3. the act of spreading or introducing doubts, confusion, dissension, etc
Translations

sowing

[ˈsəʊɪŋ]
A. Nsiembra f
B. CPD sowing machine Nsembradora f
sowing time Népoca f de la siembra, sementera f

sowing

n (= action)(Aus)säen nt, → Aussaat f; (= quantity sown)Saat f; the sowing of a fielddie Aussaat auf einem Feld

sowing

[ˈsəʊɪŋ] nsemina
References in classic literature ?
That they were only sowing the clover on fifteen acres, not on all the forty-five, was still more annoying to him.
But the peasants were carrying the oats in spaces when they might simply let the slide down into the lower granary; and arranging for this to be done, and taking two workmen from there for sowing clover, Levin got over his vexation with the bailiff.
Seeing the master, the laborer, Vassily, went towards the cart, while Mishka set to work sowing.
What a sowing, Konstantin Dmitrievitch," he said, hesitating; "first rate.
He watched how Mishka strode along, swinging the huge clods of earth that clung to each foot; and getting off his horse, he took the sieve from Vassily and started sowing himself.
The ploughland was in splendid condition; in a couple of days it would be fit for harrowing and sowing.
Accordingly, I dug up a piece of ground as well as I could with my wooden spade, and dividing it into two parts, I sowed my grain; but as I was sowing, it casually occurred to my thoughts that I would not sow it all at first, because I did not know when was the proper time for it, so I sowed about two-thirds of the seed, leaving about a handful of each.
Still this process bears to the sun the same relation as sowing to the seed.
Perhaps, too, he does not like the extracts from gardening books I read to him sometimes when he is planting or sowing something new.
He was as careful of the sowing and reaping of the peasants' hay and corn as of his own, and few landowners had their crops sown and harvested so early and so well, or got so good a return, as did Nicholas.
She could not understand why he was so particularly animated and happy when, after getting up at daybreak and spending the whole morning in the fields or on the threshing floor, he returned from the sowing or mowing or reaping to have tea with her.
In cold areas seed beds need to be covered with clear plastic sheeting or cloches for about a month prior to sowing to warm the soil.