Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A farm implement consisting of a strong blade at the end of a beam, usually hitched to a draft team or motor vehicle and used for breaking up soil and cutting furrows in preparation for sowing.
  • noun An implement or machine designed to move earth, snow, or other material by means of a strong blade.
  • intransitive verb To break and turn over (earth) with a plow.
  • intransitive verb To form (a furrow, for example) with a plow.
  • intransitive verb To form furrows in with a plow.
  • intransitive verb To form wrinkles or creases in.
  • intransitive verb To move or clear (snow, for example) by means of a plow.
  • intransitive verb To clear (an area) of snow or other material by means of a plow.
  • intransitive verb To make or form with driving force.
  • intransitive verb To progress through (water).
  • intransitive verb Vulgar Slang To have intercourse with (another). Used of a man.
  • intransitive verb To break and turn up earth with a plow.
  • intransitive verb To move or clear material such as snow with a plow.
  • intransitive verb To admit of plowing.
  • intransitive verb To move or progress with driving force.
  • intransitive verb To proceed laboriously; plod.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To turn up with a plow; till.
  • To make furrows, grooves, or ridges in, as with a plow; furrow; figuratively, to move through like a plow; make one's way through.
  • To effect as with a plow; traverse like a plow.
  • To trim or square, as the edges of paper, with a plow. See plow, n., 3 .
  • To cut or gash (a fish) with the plow or rimmer.
  • To reject, as a candidate in an examination; pluck.
  • To turn up the soil with a plow; till the soil with a plow.
  • noun An arm and wooden mold-board, shod with leather, two of which in a gunpowder-incorporating mill serve to draw the mixture of niter, sulphur, and charcoal into the track of the heavy edge-runners.
  • In carpentry, to groove the edge of (a board) in tonguing and grooving.
  • To turn over (grain) in malting, so as to expose fresh surfaces to the air and equalize temperature.
  • noun An agri cultural implement, drawn by animals or moved by steam-power, used to cut the ground and turn it up so as to prepare it for the reception of seeds.
  • noun Figuratively, tillage; culture of the earth; agriculture.
  • noun A tool that furrows, grooves, planes, cuts, or otherwise acts by pushing or shoving, like a plow, , , ,
  • noun A plowland.
  • noun A plow which can be adjusted to turn a furrow either to the right or to the left. Also called drillplow, reversible plow, and turningmold-board plow.
  • noun A plow having a wheel in the space between the land-side and the mold-board, reducing the friction of the plow by bearing the weight. E. H. Knight. (See also balance-plow, ice-plow, prairie-plow, snow-plow, sodplow.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To turn up, break up, or trench, with a plow; to till with, or as with, a plow
  • transitive verb To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing.
  • transitive verb (Bookbinding) To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plow. See Plow, n., 5.
  • transitive verb (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.
  • transitive verb to cover by plowing.
  • transitive verb to turn out of the ground by plowing.
  • intransitive verb To labor with, or as with, a plow; to till or turn up the soil with a plow; to prepare the soil or bed for anything.
  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English plough, plouw, from Old English plōh, plōg, plow, plowland.]

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See plough

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  • The humus stood dark and heavy over them once; the plow was its doom. Wendell Berry "A Native Hill"

    July 19, 2008

  • UK = plough

    July 19, 2008