Dictionary: SOW – SPA'CIOUS-NESS

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SOW, v.t. [pret. sowed; pp. sowed or sown. Sax. sawan; G. säen; D. zaajen; Sw. ; Dan. saaer; Russ. siyu; perhaps L. sevi. This word is probably contracted.]

  1. To scatter on ground, for the purpose of growth and the production of a crop; as, to sow good seed; to sow a bushel of wheat or rye to the acre; to sow oats, clover or barley; to sow seed in drills, or to sow it broad-cast. Oats and flax should he sown early in the spring.
  2. To scatter seed over for growth; as, to sow ground or land; to sow ten or a hundred acres in a year.
  3. To spread or to originate; to propagate; as, to sow discord. Born to afflict my Marcia's family, / And sow dissension in the hearts of brothers. – Addison.
  4. To supply or stock with seed. The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles. – Hale.
  5. To scatter over; to besprinkle. He sow'd with stars the heaven. / Morn now ow'd the earth with orient pearl. – Milton.

SOW'ANS, n. [Scottish.]

A nutritious article of food made from the husk of the oat, by a process not unlike that by which common starch is made. In England it is called flummery.


A plant of the genus Cyclamen.

SOW'-BUG, n.

An isopodous crustaceous animal; a milleped.

SOWCE, n. [or v. for Souse. See Souse.]

SOW-ED, pp.

Scattered on ground, as seed; sprinkled with seed, as ground. We say, seed is sowed; or land is sowed.

SOW-ER, n.

  1. He that scatters seed for propagation. Behold, a sower went forth to sow. – Matth. xiii.
  2. One who scatters or spreads; as, a sower of words. – Hakewill.
  3. A breeder; a promoter; as, a sower of suits. – Bacon.


The act of scattering seed for propagation.

SOW-ING, ppr.

Scattering, as seed; sprinkling with seed, as ground; stocking with seed.


Flummery made of oatmeal somewhat soured. – Mortimer. Swift. [Not used, I believe, in America.]

SOWL, v.t.

To pull by the ears. – Shak. [Not used in America.]

SOWN, pp.

Scattered, as seed; sprinkled with seed, as ground.


A plant of the genus Sonchus. The downy sow-thistle is of the genus Andryala.

SOY, n.

A kind of sauce prepared principally from the seeds of a leguminose plant called soja, or rather soya, which is the Soja hispida; used in Japan.

SOZ'ZLE, n. [See Soss.]

A sluttish woman, or one that spills water and other liquids carelessly. [New England.]


A kind of mineral; spar. [Sp. espato.] – Woodward.

SPACE, n. [Fr. espace; Sp. espacio; It. spazio; L. spatium, space; spatior, to wander. This word is probably formed on the root of pateo. Class Bd.]

  1. Room; extension. Space in the abstract, is mere extension. Pure space is capable neither of resistance nor motion. – Locke.
  2. Any quantity of extension. In relation to bodies, space is the interval between any two or more objects; as, the space between two stars or two hills. The quantity space or extent between bodies, constitutes their distance from each other.
  3. The distance or interval between lines; as in books. The spaces in music are named as well as the lines.
  4. Quantity of time; also, the interval between two points of time. Nine times the space that measures day and night. – Milton. God may defer his judgments for a time, and give a people longer space for repentance. – Watts.
  5. A short time; a while. To stay your deadly strife a space. – Spenser. [This sense is nearly obsolete.]

SPACE, v.i.

To rove. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

SPACE, v.t.

Among printers, to make spaces or wider intervals between lines.

SPAC-ED, pp.

Divided into wider intervals between lines.


Wide; extensive. [Not used.] – Sandys.

SPAC-ING, ppr.

Making wider intervals between lines.

SPA'CIOUS, a. [Fr. spacieux; Sp. spatioso; It. spazioso; L. spatiosus.]

  1. Wide; roomy; having large or ample room; not narrow; as, a spacious church; a spacious hall or drawing room.
  2. Extensive; vast in extent; as, the spacious earth; the spacious ocean.


Widely; extensively.


  1. Wideness; largeness of extent; roominess; as, the spaciousness of the rooms in a building.
  2. Extensiveness; vastness of extent; as, the spaciousness of the ocean.