noun \ˈpla\

: a piece of farm equipment that is used to dig into and turn over soil especially to prepare the soil for planting

Full Definition of PLOW

:  an implement used to cut, lift, and turn over soil especially in preparing a seedbed
:  any of various devices (as a snowplow) operating like a plow

Origin of PLOW

Middle English, from Old English plōh hide of land; akin to Old High German pfluog plow
First Known Use: 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

Rhymes with PLOW



: to dig into or break up (dirt, soil, land, etc.) with a plow

: to use a snowplow to remove snow from a road, parking lot, etc.

: to move through, over, or across (something) in a forceful and steady way

Full Definition of PLOW

transitive verb
a :  to turn, break up, or work with a plow
b :  to make (as a furrow) with a plow
:  to cut into, open, or make furrows or ridges in with or as if with a plow
:  to cleave the surface of or move through (water) <whales plowing the ocean>
:  to clear away snow from with a snowplow <plow the street>
:  to spend or invest (money) in substantial amounts —used with into <plow money into stocks>
intransitive verb
a :  to use a plow
b :  to undergo plowing
a :  to move forcefully into or through something <the car plowed into a fence>
b :  to proceed steadily and laboriously <had to plow through a stack of letters>
plow·able \-ə-bəl\ adjective
plow·er \ˈpla(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of PLOW

  1. The soil was freshly plowed.
  2. They used oxen to plow the field.
  3. My street hasn't been plowed yet.
  4. We hired someone to plow the snow from our driveway.
  5. The town won't start plowing until the storm is almost over.
  6. a ship plowing the ocean
  7. They continued to plow their way through the tall grass.

First Known Use of PLOW

15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Most important agricultural implement since the beginning of history, used to turn and break up soil, to bury crop residues, and to help control weeds. The forerunner of the plow is the prehistoric digging stick. The earliest plows were undoubtedly digging sticks with handles for pulling or pushing. By Roman times, plows were pulled by oxen or horses, and today they are drawn by tractors.

Variants of PLOW

plow or plough


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