Definitions of plough

  1. a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
  2. move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil; " The ship plowed through the water"
  3. a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing
  4. to break and turn over earth esp. with a plow; " Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; " turn the earth in the Spring"
  5. to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; " Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; " turn the earth in the Spring"
  6. See Plow.
  7. 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.
  8. Fig.: Agriculture; husbandry.
  9. A carucate of land; a plowland.
  10. A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane.
  11. An implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books.
  12. Same as Charles's Wain.
  13. 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.
  14. To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing.
  15. To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plow. See Plow, n., 5.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. An instrument for turning up the soil: tillage.
  19. To turn up with the plough: to furrow: to tear: to divide: to run through in sailing.
  21. Instrument for turning up the soil.
  22. To turn up wisht a plough; furrow; sail through.
  23. To break up with a plow; work with a plow; cultivate.
  24. An implement for breaking up or turning over the soil; agriculture.
  25. Plowboy, ploughboy.
  26. An instrument for turning up the soil; tillage; a joiner's instrument for grooving.
  27. To turn up the soil with a plough; to furrow.
  28. The instrument drawn by horses or oxen for turning up the soil of a field; tillage; a bookbinder's tool for cutting the edges of books.
  29. To turn up the earth in a field with a plough; to furrow; to run through, as the sea in sailing; to cut or groove with a bookbinder's tool of the same name; in Scrip., to labour in a calling.

Usage examples for plough

  1. These holdings cannot be sold or mortgaged entire; the law forbids the alienation for debt of a peasant's cottage, his garden or courtyard, his plough the last few acres of his land, and the cattle necessary for working his farm. – The Healing of Nations and the Hidden Sources of Their Strife by Edward Carpenter
  2. That was rather of farm, farms, and evermore farms, lying along the rich levels of the stream, and climbing as far up its beautiful hills as the plough could drive. – Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
  3. And, where the person involved belongs to a great family, it seems to me that for a poor plough lad to volunteer not to do so speaks him anything but a coward." – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  4. " The plough is meant by Riddle Number three. – Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
  5. So take care and plough straight, for you will not escape so easily again, but I shall pay you off the new and the old scores together." – Stories from Pentamerone by Giambattista Basile
  6. He guessed, however, that a promise made to the laird his cousin, that his herds and workmen, his plough hands and cattlemen, should be respected by the superintendent of the " press," might do much to calm the first indignation which his proposal would infallibly arouse. – Patsy by S. R. Crockett
  7. By this time I had learned to run the breaking plough – The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir
  8. He had his play, of course, as boys in all ages have had; but it was play of a rude character with the plough lads, and the almost equally rough sons of farmers, who worked like ploughmen. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  9. But he had " entered his plough – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  10. Now write he loves to plough – Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy. by Elizabeth P. Peabody Mary Mann
  11. The going was very heavy, as there were two or three inches of snow and heavy plough underneath, so we made slow progress, as we were carrying a lot of weight in clothes and food. – The Escaping Club by A. J. Evans
  12. And never once mentioned my steam plough – Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith
  13. It was hardest on the horses, willingly as they went at it; and at the end of an hour or so the deacon brought out his second team, a pair of strong brown plough horses. – Winter Fun by William O. Stoddard
  14. At last the perfect plough was seen. – Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks by William Elliot Griffis
  15. Has thy plough broken, or thy oxen failed thee? – Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by Anonymous
  16. The rich man took the sack and the ram, and the poor man took the oxen and went out to the plough – Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by Anonymous
  17. The plough is less easy to trace. – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  18. Peter may not be disposed to lend his plough but James may be willing to lend his money. – Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat
  19. Tobias was never ready to plough or plant when she needed him; his own great farm was more than he could serve properly. – Strangers and Wayfarers by Sarah Orne Jewett
  20. The need for reform was patent to all; many, like the zealous Carmelite provincial, were already putting their hands to the plough – Studies from Court and Cloister by J.M. Stone