• WordNet 3.6
    • v sow introduce into an environment "sow suspicion or beliefs"
    • v sow place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth "She sowed sunflower seeds"
    • v sow place seeds in or on (the ground) "sow the ground with sunflower seeds"
    • n sow an adult female hog
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tillage and sowing combination Tillage and sowing combination
Behold a Sower went Forth to Sow Behold a Sower went Forth to Sow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A female swine, or a sow, will always have a even number of teats or nipples, usually twelve.
    • Sow (Metal) A channel or runner which receives the rows of molds in the pig bed.
    • Sow (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 (Metal) A mass of solidified metal in a furnace hearth; a salamander.
    • Sow (Zoöl) A sow bug.
    • Sow (Metal) The bar of metal which remains in such a runner.
    • Sow (Zoöl) The female of swine, or of the hog kind.
    • v. i Sow To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop; -- literally or figuratively. "They that sow in tears shall reap in joi."
    • Sow 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.""He sowed with stars the heaven.""Now morn . . . sowed the earth with orient pearl."
    • Sow 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.""And sow dissension in the hearts of brothers."
    • v. i Sow To sew. See Sew.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sow To scatter, as seed upon the earth, for the purpose of growth; plant by strewing.
    • sow To scatter seed over for growth; supply or stock with seed.
    • sow To scatter over; besprinkle; spangle: as, a velvet pall sown with golden bees.
    • sow To spread abroad; cause to extend; disseminate; propagate: as, to sow discord.
    • sow To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop.
    • n sow An adult female hog; the female of swine.
    • n sow A sow-bug.
    • n sow In metallurgy, the metal which has solidified in the common channel or feeder through which the molten iron flows from the blast-furnace into a series of parallel grooves or furrows, which are the “pigs” appertaining to the sow, and the iron from which bears the name of pigiron, or simply pig: used also of other metals.
    • n sow A military engine consisting of a movable roof arranged to protect men handling a battering-ram. Compare vinea, also cat and cat-castle.
    • sow Female: applied to fish: as, a sow hake. See sow fish, under fish.
    • sow An obsolete spelling of sew.
    • n sow In metallurgy: Same as bear, 7.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sow sow 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
    • v.t Sow to scatter seed that it may grow: to plant by strewing: to scatter seed over: to spread, disseminate
    • v.i Sow to scatter seed for growth:—pa.p. sown and sowed
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  • James Allen
    “The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.”
  • Robert Collier
    “You have to sow before you can reap. You have to give before you can get.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Sow much, reap much; sow little, reap little.”


As you sow, so shall you reap - This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things.
Sow the seeds - When people sow the seeds, they start something that will have a much greater impact in the future.
Sow your wild oats - If a young man sows his wild oats, he has a period of his life when he does a lot of exciting things and has a lot of sexual relationships. for e.g. He'd spent his twenties sowing his wild oats but felt that it was time to settle down.
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - If something isn't very good to start with, you can't do much to improve it.
You reap what you sow - This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things. It is normally used when someone has done something bad.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to , D. zog, zeug, OHG. , G. sau, Icel. sȳr, Dan. so, Sw. sugga, so, L. sus,. Gr. "y^s sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the root seen in Skr. , to beget, to bear; the animal being named in allusion to its fecundity. √294. Cf. Hyena Soil to stain, Son Swine


In literature:

Try not to shoot a sow.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
I pack it Pretty firmly in a glass vase; I plant in it a little tuft of thyme; I sow in it a few grains of wheat.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
As soon as the girls were gone, the man who had broken up their hempseed sowing advanced a few steps on the pavement.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
In such places plants will live to a great age, and sow their own seed freely besides.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Never can he thwart the sowing, Never will destroy the harvest.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
And if I was going to sow them myself, I would much prefer sowing them unmixed.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
SOW thick, and you'll have to thin; but sow peas as thick as you please.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Suppose your carve me a sow and her little ones; that will be in your line.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
He sows it broad cast, 200 lbs.
"Guano" by Solon Robinson
Sows may also abort when allowed to crawl into quarters where there are other hogs.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek

In poetry:

"I sow," said Death, "where the hamlet stands,
I sow in the churchyard drear;
I drop in the grave with gentle hands,
My flowers from year to year.
"The Two Sowers" by Alexander Anderson
Death came to the earth, by his side was Spring,
They came from God's own bowers,
And the earth was full of their wandering,
For they both were sowing flowers.
"The Two Sowers" by Alexander Anderson
"I sow," said Spring, "but my flowers decay
When the year turns weak and old,
When the breath of the bleak wind wears them away,
And they wither and droop in the mould.
"The Two Sowers" by Alexander Anderson
For I have such sad knowledge of all things
That shine like dew a little, all that sings
And ends its song in weeping--
Such sowing and such reaping!--
There is no cure but sleeping.
"The Broker Of Dreams" by Richard Le Gallienne
The mighty God of Nations doth not sleep,
His piercing eye its faithful watch doth keep,
And well nigh His mercy's spent,
To the ungodly lent:
"They have sowed the wind, the whirlwind they
shall reap."
"The Black Sampson" by Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard
God gave us hearts of ardour—God gave us noble forms—
And God has poured around us his paradise of light!
Has he bade us sow the sunshine, and only reap the storms?
Created us in glory, to pass away in night?
"Our Destiny" by Ernest Jones

In news:

How Milton Latrell Sows Success With Agriculture Menswear.
MERIDIAN — We reap what we sow.
Sowing the seeds for a future in Afghanistan.
CUs invest in members to sow the seeds of success.
Learning the soil's temperature and moisture content is the key to knowing when to sow and grow.
This well-acted contemporary fable turns a sow's nose into a silk purse.
Raised decks improve weaning weights including the pigs left on the sows.
If you're currently trying to sort through sow housing options, a trip to EuroTier 2012 could be helpful.
The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians recognize gestation stalls as appropriate for the well-being of sows during pregnancy.
Sow herd liquidation and the "bacon shortage".
We must reap what we sow .
Seeds we sow today produce tomorrow's bounty.
The Kidney Care Partners (KCP) provides the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with comments about the Statement of Work ( SOW ) of the End Stage Renal Disease Network Organizations.
Article "Large Sow Farm Planned For Davison County South Dakota" Is Not Available At This Time.
Redistribution needed when the rich reap what the poor sow .

In science:

The Statement of Work and Specifications for the ALMA prototype antennas (SoW) specifies antenna performance for the environmental conditions at the ALMA site, where in particular the wind power spectrum and air density are of relevance for this investigation.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
Using the transfer funcions derived at the ATF site, antenna performance was calculated for conditions representative at the ALMA site and defined in the SoW.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
The main differences between the ATF and SoW conditions are for air pressure (SoW: 550 mBar), wind speed (ATF: variable between 0.05 m/s and exceeding 20 m/s, SoW: 9 m/s) and wind power spectrum (SoW: more power at lower frequencies than observed at ATF).
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
The extrapolated wind-induced jitter for conditions specified in the SoW is shown as red (VertexRSI) and green (AEC) curves.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
The antennas have been designed to meet the specifications for a given reference spectrum, which was given in the SoW.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers