noun, verb (used with or without object), Chiefly British.
an agricultural implement used for cutting, lifting, turning over, and partly pulverizing soil.
any of various implements resembling or suggesting this, as a kind of plane for cutting grooves or a contrivance for clearing away snow from a road or track.
Type Founding. (formerly) an instrument for cutting the groove in the foot of type.
Bookbinding. a device for trimming the edges of the leaves by hand.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy.
verb (used with object)
to turn up (soil) with a plow.
to make (a furrow) with a plow.
to tear up, cut into, or make a furrow, groove, etc. in (a surface) with or as if with a plow (often followed by up):
The tractor plowed up an acre of trees.
to clear by the use of a plow, especially a snowplow (sometimes followed by out):
The city’s work crews were busily plowing the streets after the blizzard.
to invest, as capital (often followed by into):
to plow several hundred million into developing new oil fields.
to reinvest or reutilize (usually followed by back):
to plow profits back into new plants and equipment.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
verb (used without object)
to till the soil or work with a plow.
to take plowing in a specified way:
land that plows easily.
to move forcefully through something in the manner of a plow (often followed by through, into, along, etc.):
The cop plowed through the crowd, chasing after the thief. The car plowed into our house.
to proceed in a slow, laborious, and steady manner (often followed by through):
The researcher plowed through a pile of reports.
to move through water by cleaving the surface:
a ship plowing through a turbulent sea.
an agricultural implement with sharp blades, attached to a horse, tractor, etc, for cutting or turning over the earth
any of various similar implements, such as a device for clearing snow
a plane with a narrow blade for cutting grooves in wood
(in agriculture) ploughed land
put one’s hand to the plough, to begin or undertake a task
to till (the soil) with a plough
to make (furrows or grooves) in (something) with or as if with a plough
when intr, usually foll by through. to move (through something) in the manner of a plough: the ship ploughed the water
(intransitive) foll by through. to work at slowly or perseveringly
(intransitive; foll by into or through) (of a vehicle) to run uncontrollably into something in its path: the plane ploughed into the cottage roof
(transitive; foll by in, up, under, etc) to turn over (a growing crop, manure, etc) into the earth with a plough
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to fail an examination
the Plough, the group of the seven brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Major Also known as Charles’s Wain Usual US name the Big Dipper
the usual US spelling of plough
alternative spelling of plow. Related: Ploughed; ploughing.
late Old English plog, ploh “plow; plowland” (a measure of land equal to what a yoke of oxen could plow in a day), possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse plogr “plow,” Swedish and Danish plog), from Proto-Germanic *plogo- (cf. Old Saxon plog, Old Frisian ploch “plow,” Middle Low German ploch, Middle Dutch ploech, Dutch ploeg, Old High German pfluog, German Pflug), a late word in Germanic, of uncertain origin. Old Church Slavonic plugu, Lithuanian plugas “plow” are Germanic loan-words, as probably is Latin plovus, plovum “plow,” a word said by Pliny to be of Rhaetian origin.
Replaced Old English sulh, cognate with Latin sulcus “furrow.” As a name for the star pattern also known as the Big Dipper or Charles’s Wain, it is attested by early 15c., perhaps early 14c. The three “handle” stars (in the Dipper configuration) generally are seen as the team of oxen pulling the plow, though sometimes they are the handle.
late 14c., from plow (n.). Transferred sense from 1580s. Related: Plowed; plowing.
To do the sex act with or to a woman; screw (1606+ and probably before)
first referred to in Gen. 45:6, where the Authorized Version has “earing,” but the Revised Version “ploughing;” next in Ex. 34:21 and Deut. 21:4. The plough was originally drawn by oxen, but sometimes also by asses and by men. (See AGRICULTURE.)
- Plough monday
noun 1. the first Monday after Epiphany, which in N and E England used to be celebrated with a procession of ploughmen drawing a plough from house to house
/ˈplaʊˌʃɛə/ noun 1. the horizontal pointed cutting blade of a mouldboard plough
/ˈplaʊˌstɑːf/ noun 1. Also called ploughtail. one of the handles of a plough 2. a spade-shaped tool used to clean the ploughshare and mouldboard
/plʊk/ noun 1. (Scot) a pimple