What does SOW mean?

Definitions for SOW
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sowverb

    an adult female hog

  2. sow, seedverb

    place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth

    "She sowed sunflower seeds"

  3. sowverb

    introduce into an environment

    "sow suspicion or beliefs"

  4. inseminate, sow, sow inverb

    place seeds in or on (the ground)

    "sow the ground with sunflower seeds"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sowverb

    to sew. See Sew

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  2. Sownoun

    the female of swine, or of the hog kind

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  3. Sownoun

    a sow bug

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  4. Sownoun

    a channel or runner which receives the rows of molds in the pig bed

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  5. Sownoun

    the bar of metal which remains in such a runner

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  6. Sownoun

    a mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a salamander

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  7. Sownoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  8. Sowverb

    to scatter, as seed, upon the earth; to plant by strewing; as, to sow wheat. Also used figuratively: To spread abroad; to propagate

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  9. Sowverb

    to scatter seed upon, in, or over; to supply or stock, as land, with seeds. Also used figuratively: To scatter over; to besprinkle

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  10. Sowverb

    to scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop; -- literally or figuratively

    Etymology: [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. swan; akin to OFries. sa, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. sjan, G. sen, Icel. s, Sw. s, Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. sti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

Freebase

  1. Sow

    Sow is the musical project of Anna Wildsmith. Raymond Watts, for a time Wildsmith's boyfriend, was also heavily involved in the production of the major releases.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sow

    sow, n. a female pig: the metal solidified in parallel grooves or pigs, the iron of these being pig-iron: a movable shed for protecting the men using a battering-ram.—ns. Sow′back, a low ridge of sand or gravel; Sow′-bread, a genus of plants, allied to the primrose, natives of the south of Europe, the tubers of which are eaten by swine; Sow′-bug, an air-breathing oniscoid isopod, a pill-bug, slater.—adj. Sow′-drunk (prov.), beastly drunk.—ns. Sow′-geld′er, one who spays sows; Sow′-this′tle, a genus of plants, the tender tops of which are used in the north of Europe as greens. [A.S. , sugu; Ger. sau, Ice. sýr; L. sus, Gr. hys.]

  2. Sow

    sō, v.t. to scatter seed that it may grow: to plant by strewing: to scatter seed over: to spread, disseminate.—v.i. to scatter seed for growth:—pa.p. sown and sowed.—ns. Sow′er; Sow′ing; Sow′ing-machine′, a hand or horse-power seed-planting machine: a broadcast sower. [A.S. sáwan; Ger. säen, Ice. , Goth. saian.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sow

    The receptacle into which the molten iron is poured in a gun-foundry. The liquid iron poured from it is termed pig, whence the term pig-ballast.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sow

    A kind of covered shed, formerly used by besiegers in filling up and passing the ditch of a besieged place, sapping or mining the wall, and the like. It had its name from its being used for rooting up the earth like swine, or because the soldiers therein were like pigs under a sow.

Editors Contribution

  1. sow

    To place a seed, plant or shrub in a form of earth or compost.

    The farmer sowed his vegetables in the fields with love.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  
  2. sow

    An adult female pig.

    The sow gave birth to two piglets.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SOW in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SOW in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of SOW in a Sentence

  1. HP Lovecraft, From Beyond:

    I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness...

  2. Unknown:

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace where there is hatred, let me sow love where there is injury, pardon where there is doubt, faith where there is despair, hope where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness, joy.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    The new bulletin from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis underscores two concerning facts : First, as the Intelligence Community confirmed last month, Russia is once again seeking to interfere in our elections and sow distrust in our democratic process. And second, among the range of measures it is pursuing, Russia is echoing destructive and false narratives around vote by mail that President Donald Trump and Donald Trump enablers, including Attorney General Attorney General Bill Barr, have been aggressively promoting, this bulletin further demonstrates why the ODNI's cancelation of in-person briefings on election security for Congress is so dangerous — Congress must be able to directly question and engage with the intelligence community professionals with the responsibility for protecting President Trump and his enablers elections from foreign interference.

  4. Cory Chick:

    We humanely euthanize that bear because of the severity of the incident. and this sow was teaching its yearlings that humans were a source of food, not something to fear and avoid.

  5. Sri Lanka:

    Even on Easter Sunday, there are those who sow hatred and reap death. The attacks in Sri Lanka churches testify to a real genocide perpetrated against Christians. Let us pray for the innocent victims and work towards religious freedom around the world.

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