Plow Plow, Plough Plough, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plowed} (ploud) or {Ploughed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plowing} or {Ploughing}.] 1. To turn up, break up, or trench, with a plow; to till with, or as with, a plow; as, to plow the ground; to plow a field. [1913 Webster]

2. To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing. [1913 Webster]

Let patient Octavia plow thy visage up With her prepared nails. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

With speed we plow the watery way. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bookbinding) To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plow. See {Plow}, n., 5. [1913 Webster]

4. (Joinery) To cut a groove in, as in a plank, or the edge of a board; especially, a rectangular groove to receive the end of a shelf or tread, the edge of a panel, a tongue, etc. [1913 Webster]

{To plow in}, to cover by plowing; as, to plow in wheat.

{To plow up}, to turn out of the ground by plowing. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • plough — plough; plough·er; plough·land; plough·man; …   English syllables

  • plough — [plaʊ] , plow verb plough something → back into something phrasal verb [transitive] to put money that you have made back into a business, in order to make the business bigger and more successful, rather than giving it to shareholders: • The group …   Financial and business terms

  • Plough — Plough, n. & v. See {Plow}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plough — [plau] n BrE the Plough the group of seven bright stars that can be seen only from the northern part of the world American Equivalent: the Big Dipper …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plough — [ plau ] the British spelling of plow 2 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plough — alternative spelling of PLOW (Cf. plow). Related: Ploughed; ploughing …   Etymology dictionary

  • plough — is the normal BrE spelling, but plow is used in AmE …   Modern English usage

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  • Plough — Plow redirects here. For the Canadian soldier, see Edward Chester Plow. Plowman redirects here. For the surname, see Plowman (surname). Furrow redirects here. For other uses, see Furrow (disambiguation). For other uses, see Plough… …   Wikipedia

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