Plough
Plow Plow, Plough Plough (plou), n. [OE. plouh, plou, AS. pl[=o]h; akin to D. ploeg, G. pflug, OHG. pfluog, pfluoh, Icel. pl[=o]gr, Sw. plog, Dan. ploug, plov, Russ. plug', Lith. plugas.] 1. A well-known implement, drawn by horses, mules, oxen, or other power, for turning up the soil to prepare it for bearing crops; also used to furrow or break up the soil for other purposes; as, the subsoil plow; the draining plow. [1913 Webster]

Where fern succeeds ungrateful to the plow. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Agriculture; husbandry. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

3. A carucate of land; a plowland. [Obs.] [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five. --Tale of Gamelyn. [1913 Webster]

4. A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane. [1913 Webster]

5. (Bookbinding) An implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books. [1913 Webster]

6. (Astron.) Same as {Charles's Wain}. [1913 Webster]

{Ice plow}, a plow used for cutting ice on rivers, ponds, etc., into cakes suitable for storing. [U. S.]

{Mackerel plow}. See under {Mackerel}.

{Plow alms}, a penny formerly paid by every plowland to the church. --Cowell.

{Plow beam}, that part of the frame of a plow to which the draught is applied. See {Beam}, n., 9.

{Plow Monday}, the Monday after Twelth Day, or the end of Christmas holidays.

{Plow staff}. (a) A kind of long-handled spade or paddle for cleaning the plowshare; a paddle staff. (b) A plow handle.

{Snow plow}, a structure, usually [Lambda]-shaped, for removing snow from sidewalks, railroads, etc., -- drawn or driven by a horse or a locomotive. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • plough — (US plow) ► NOUN 1) a large farming implement with one or more blades fixed in a frame, drawn over soil to turn it over and cut furrows. 2) (the Plough) a prominent formation of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear). ► VERB …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • plough — [plou] n., vt., vi. chiefly Brit. sp. of PLOW …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • plough — plough1 also plow AmE [plau] n 1.) a piece of farm equipment used to turn over the earth so that seeds can be planted 2.) under the plough BrE formal land that is under the plough is used for growing crops →↑snow plough plough 2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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