Sow (?), v. i.

To sew. See Sew.




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Sow (?), n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s&umac;, D. zog, zeug, OHG. s&umac;, G. sau, Icel. s&ymac;r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga, so, L. sus. Gr. "y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the root seen in Skr. s&umac; 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.


The bar of metal which remains in such a runner.


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.


Sow bread. Bot. See Cyclamen. -- Sow bug, ∨ 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.


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Sow (?), v. t. [imp. Sowed (?); p. p. Sown (?) or Sowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Sowing.] [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. sawan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sajan, G. saen, Icel. sa, Sw. s�x86;, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. s&emac;ti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]


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."


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.


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.


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Sow, v. i.

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.


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