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  • n. agricultural land that is ploughed
  • n. The quantity of land allotted for the work of one plough; a hide.

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

  • n. arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops


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  • I throw my mind out in the air as a man throws seeds in great fan-flights, falling through the purple sunset, falling on the pressed and shining ploughland which is bare.

    The Waves

  • I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain ploughland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply?

    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

  • There were barely half a dozen dwellings in all that stretch of dune and warren, since there was little usable pasture and no good ploughland, and doubtless those few settlements had been evacuated in the night.

    His Disposition

  • She that would be a mother should marry in the very bosom of her mother, among the standing crops, on the fruitful ploughland, or she should lie beneath the elm that weds the vine, on the very lap of mother earth, among the springing herbage, the trailing vine-shoots and the budding trees.

    The Defense

  • ‘Aye, aye, truly is he,’ said Job; ‘never man knew the Border, dale and fell, pasture and ploughland, better than Nanty; and he can always bring him to the laird, too, if you are sure the gentleman’s right.


  • Chase Farm unless there was a bit more ploughland laid to it.

    Adam Bede

  • Over the ploughland riding was utterly impossible; the horse could only keep a foothold where there was ice, and in the thawing furrows he sank deep in at each step.

    Anna Karenina

  • The ploughland was in splendid condition; in a couple of days it would be fit for harrowing and sowing.

    Anna Karenina

  • Motionless buzzards hovered in updrafts of air, while the gulls, returning from the ploughland, arrowed toward the sea.

    The Pleasure Seekers

  • There was a thriving mill, and the fields of the demesne were wide and green, the ploughland well tended.

    The Holy Thief


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