Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The cutting blade of a plow; a share.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The cutting edge of a plow, typically a metal blade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The share of a plow, or that part which cuts the slice of earth or sod at the bottom of the furrow.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil

Etymologies

plow + share (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They will beat their swords into plowshare s
 and their spears into pruning hooks.

    Jim Wallis: Praying for Peace and Looking for Jesus at #OccupyWallStreet

  • I regret the transformation of civil religion into a divider, the plowshare melted back down into swords in the furnace of the culture wars.

    David Van Biema: Bad News Psalms

  • 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.

    Across the Universe

  • 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.

    Boardroom Conquerors

  • The fasces rest on a horizontal plowshare, which links Washington to the Roman hero Cincinnatus, who returned to his farm after saving the Republic.

    Our First President, in Three Dimensions

  • This is very different from protecting a new plowshare or cotton gin.

    Government Drops the Ball on Patents

  • 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.

    Bradley Burston: Ritual Terrorism: Hating Obama as a New Form of Religion

  • 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.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • 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.

    God is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu …

  • 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.

    Obama Hits McCain For Failing To Support Webb's GI Bill

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