American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The cutting blade of a plow; a share.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The share of a plow, or that part which cuts the ground at the bottom of the furrow, and raises the slice to the mold-board, which turns it over; the sock of a plow. See first cut under plow.
- n. In anatomy, the vomer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The share of a plow, or that part which cuts the slice of earth or sod at the bottom of the furrow.
- n. a sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil
- plow + share (Wiktionary)
“They will beat their swords into plowshare s and their spears into pruning hooks.”
“I regret the transformation of civil religion into a divider, the plowshare melted back down into swords in the furnace of the culture wars.”
“The Volna, that formidable Cold War sword, had proved a less than reliable plowshare, making for a failure that was bitterly beside the point: the chemically propelled brute-force rocket was the trouble, not the beautiful Icarian blades that never got a chance to be tested.”
“Atatürk achieved the ideal of turning his sword into a plowshare and said as much in a political speech in 1923: No matter how brilliant military victories or diplomatic achievements may have been, if they are not reinforced by economic achievements they cannot be expected to last long.”
“The fasces rest on a horizontal plowshare, which links Washington to the Roman hero Cincinnatus, who returned to his farm after saving the Republic.”
“This is very different from protecting a new plowshare or cotton gin.”
“If ever the sword has beaten the plowshare, whether brandished along with the Old Testament, the New, or the Koran -- we can show you the spot.”
“Darted swiftly from bush to plowshare to midden to house, and plastered himself against the gray stone wall, breathing hard—and breathing in that delicious, savory aroma.”
“As Hitler did, those who would bend the plowshare of religion into a sword would doubtless do the same with skin color, language differences, ethnic origins, or sexual orientation.”
“Not just for myself, but for every one of us that wants to beat our sword into a plowshare and contribute to the world, provide more for our families and set an example for our children.”
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