Sow v. t. [imp. Sowed p. p. Sown or Sowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Sowing.]
1. 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.
2. 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.