sow 1 (sō)
v. sowed, sown (sōn) or sowed, sow·ing, sows
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.
To scatter seed for growing.
sow (one's) oats/wild oats
To indulge in sexually promiscuous or dissolute behavior, especially as a young adult.
sow 2 (sou)
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.
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.
, sown or sowed
1. (Agriculture) to scatter or place (seed, a crop, etc) in or on (a piece of ground, field, etc) so that it may grow: to sow wheat; to sow a strip of land.
2. (tr) to implant or introduce: to sow a doubt in someone's mind.
[Old English sāwan; related to Old Norse sā, Old High German sāen, Old Slavonic seja, Latin serere to sow]
1. (Animals) a female adult pig
2. (Animals) the female of certain other animals, such as the mink
a. the channels for leading molten metal to the moulds in casting pig iron
b. iron that has solidified in these channels
[Old English sugu; related to Old Norse sӯr, Old High German sū, Latin sūs, Norwegian sugga, Dutch zeug: see swine]
v. sowed, sown sowed, sow•ing. v.t.
1. to scatter (seed) over land, earth, etc., for growth; plant.
2. to scatter seed over (land, earth, etc.) for the purpose of growth.
3. to implant, introduce, or promulgate; disseminate: to sow distrust or dissension.
4. to strew or sprinkle with anything. v.i.
5. to sow seed, as for the production of a crop. Idioms:
sow one's wild oats, to have a youthful fling at reckless, indiscreet behavior.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English sāwan,
c. Old Saxon sāian,
Old High German sā(w)en,
Old Norse sā,
akin to seed
, Latin sēmen
1. an adult female swine.
2. the adult female of various other animals, as the bear.
a. a large oblong mass of iron that has solidified in the common channel through which the molten metal flows to the smaller channels where the pigs solidify.
b. the common channel itself.
[before 900; Middle English sowe, Old English sugu, c. Old Saxon suga]
The verbs sow and sew are both pronounced (/səʊ/).
If you sow seeds, you plant them in the ground. The past tense of sow is sowed. The past participle can be either sown or sowed. Sown is more common.
An enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat.
Spring wheat should be sown as early as you can get the land ready.
If you sew, you join pieces of cloth together by passing thread through them with a needle. The past tense of sew is sewed. The past participle can be either sewn or sewed. Sewn is more common.
She sewed all her own dresses.
Before I went to Alice Springs I had never sewn a dress or mended a sock.