Definitions for: Plow


[n] a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing
[v] deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
[v] to break and turn over earth esp. with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring"
[v] move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil; "The ship plowed through the water"



Webster (1913) Definition: Plow, Plough Plough (plou), n. [OE. plouh, plou, AS.
pl[=o]h; akin to D. ploeg, G. pflug, OHG. pfluog, pfluoh,
Icel. pl[=o]gr, Sw. plog, Dan. ploug, plov, Russ. plug',
Lith. plugas.]
1. 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; as, the subsoil plow; the draining
plow.

Where fern succeeds ungrateful to the plow.
--Dryden.

2. Fig.: Agriculture; husbandry. --Johnson.

3. A carucate of land; a plowland. [Obs.] [Eng.]

Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five.
--Tale of
Gamelyn.

4. A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane.

5. (Bookbinding) An implement for trimming or shaving off the
edges of books.

6. (Astron.) Same as Charles's Wain.

Ice plow, a plow used for cutting ice on rivers, ponds,
etc., into cakes suitable for storing. [U. S.]

Mackerel plow. See under Mackerel.

Plow alms, a penny formerly paid by every plowland to the
church. --Cowell.

Plow beam, that part of the frame of a plow to which the
draught is applied. See Beam, n., 9.

Plow Monday, the Monday after Twelth Day, or the end of
Christmas holidays.

Plow staff.
(a) A kind of long-handled spade or paddle for cleaning
the plowshare; a paddle staff.
(b) A plow handle.

Snow plow, a structure, usually [Lambda]-shaped, for
removing snow from sidewalks, railroads, etc., -- drawn or
driven by a horse or a locomotive.


Plow, Plough Plough, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plowed
(ploud) or Ploughed; p. pr. & vb. n. Plowing or
Ploughing.]
1. To turn up, break up, or trench, with a plow; to till
with, or as with, a plow; as, to plow the ground; to plow
a field.

2. To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run
through, as in sailing.

Let patient Octavia plow thy visage up With her
prepared nails. --Shak.

With speed we plow the watery way. --Pope.

3. (Bookbinding) To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a
book or paper, with a plow. See Plow, n., 5.

4. (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.

To plow in, to cover by plowing; as, to plow in wheat.



To plow up, to turn out of the ground by plowing.


Plow, Plough Plough (plou), v. i.
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.
--Shak.

Doth the plowman plow all day to sow ? --Isa. xxviii.
24.

Synonyms: address, cover, deal, handle, plough, plough, plough, treat, turn

See Also: broach, bull tongue, cut into, delve, dig, discourse, discuss, disk, go, harrow, initiate, locomote, moldboard plow, mouldboard plough, move, ridge, spiel, talk about, theologise, theologize, till, tool, travel, turn over

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