Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun In anatomy, the vomer.

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

  • noun The share of a plow, or that part which cuts the slice of earth or sod at the bottom of the furrow.
  • noun (Anat.) the pygostyle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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plow + share

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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