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sow

SOW, n.

1. The female of the hog kind or of swine.

2. An oblong piece of lead.

3. An insect; a milleped.



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SOW, n.

1. The female of the hog kind or of swine.

2. An oblong piece of lead.

3. An insect; a milleped.

SOW, n. [Sax. saga; Sw. sugga; D. zeug; G. sau.]

  1. The female of the hog kind or of swine.
  2. An oblong piece of lead. – Ainsworth.
  3. An insect; a milleped. – Ainsworth.

SOW, v.

for Sew, is not in use. [See Sew.]


SOW, v.i.

To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop. In New England, farmers begin to sow in April. They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy. – Ps. cxxvi.


SOW, v.t. [pret. sowed; pp. sowed or sown. Sax. sawan; G. säen; D. zaajen; Sw. ; Dan. saaer; Russ. siyu; perhaps L. sevi. This word is probably contracted.]

  1. To scatter on ground, for the purpose of growth and the production of a crop; as, to sow good seed; to sow a bushel of wheat or rye to the acre; to sow oats, clover or barley; to sow seed in drills, or to sow it broad-cast. Oats and flax should he sown early in the spring.
  2. To scatter seed over for growth; as, to sow ground or land; to sow ten or a hundred acres in a year.
  3. To spread or to originate; to propagate; as, to sow discord. Born to afflict my Marcia's family, / And sow dissension in the hearts of brothers. – Addison.
  4. To supply or stock with seed. The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles. – Hale.
  5. To scatter over; to besprinkle. He sow'd with stars the heaven. / Morn now ow'd the earth with orient pearl. – Milton.

Sow
  1. To sew. See Sew.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  2. The female of swine, or of the hog kind.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. A sow bug.
  6. 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.

  7. A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds in the pig bed.

    (b)
  8. 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 (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of terrestrial Isopoda belonging to Oniscus, Porcellio, and allied genera of the family Oniscidæ. 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.

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Sow

SOW, noun

1. The female of the hog kind or of swine.

2. An oblong piece of lead.

3. An insect; a milleped.

SOW'-BREAD, noun A plant of the genus Cyclamen.

SOW'-BUG, noun An insect; a milleped.

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