Pronunciation Noun

sow (plural sows)

  1. A female pig.
  2. A female bear, she-bear.
  3. A channel that conducts molten metal to molds.
  4. A mass of metal solidified in a mold.
    • 1957, H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 160:
      In England, it was generally termed a 'sow', if the weight was above 10 cwts., if below, it was termed a 'pig' from which the present term 'pig iron' is derived.
  5. (derogatory, slang) A contemptible, often fat woman.
  6. A sowbug.
  7. (military) 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, etc.
  • (mass of metal solidified in a mold) ingot
  • (contemptible woman) bitch, cow
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: скоти́на
  • (British) IPA: /səʊ/
  • (America) IPA: /soʊ/

sow (sows, present participle sowing; past sowed, past participle sown)

  1. (ambitransitive) To scatter, disperse, or plant (seeds).
    When I had sown the field, the day's work was over.
    As you sow, so shall you reap.
  2. (figurative) To spread abroad; to propagate.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 1, scene 6]:
      And sow dissension in the hearts of brothers.
  3. (figurative) 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.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      [He] sowd with Starrs the heav'n.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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