plow

noun
\ˈplau̇ \

Definition of plow 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an implement used to cut, lift, and turn over soil especially in preparing a seedbed

2 : any of various devices (such as a snowplow) operating like a plow

plow

verb
plowed; plowing; plows

Definition of plow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to turn, break up, or work with a plow

b : to make (something, such as a furrow) with a plow

2 : to cut into, open, or make furrows or ridges in with or as if with a plow

3 : to cleave the surface of or move through (water) whales plowing the ocean

4 : to clear away snow from with a snowplow plow the street

5 : to spend or invest (money) in substantial amounts used with into plow money into stocks

intransitive verb

1a : to use a plow

b : to undergo plowing

2a : 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

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Other Words from plow

Verb

plowable \ ˈplau̇-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
plower \ ˈplau̇(-​ə)r \ noun

Examples of plow in a Sentence

Verb

The soil was freshly plowed. They used oxen to plow the field. My street hasn't been plowed yet. We hired someone to plow the snow from our driveway. The town won't start plowing until the storm is almost over. a ship plowing the ocean They continued to plow their way through the tall grass.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another complaint hinted at during discussion was roads possibly getting missed by plow drivers. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Franklin to install GPS on trucks in response to criticism of plowing/salting operations," 2 Mar. 2018 The front platform would sport robotic arms and a plow, while the rear platform would carry a pressurized cabin for a single driver wearing no spacesuit. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "The Soviet Union's Secret Moon Base That Never Was," 11 Feb. 2016 Last season's storms left cars littered on the sides of roads and freeways, some blocking travel lanes and plows. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Portland officials declare 'parking amnesty,' urge patience as snow threatens evening commute," 20 Feb. 2018 The woman was struck by the plow at about 11:17 p.m., said Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman. Felicia Gans, BostonGlobe.com, "Woman, 67, critically injured when hit by snow plow near Tufts Medical Center," 8 Mar. 2018 Property damage, Jefferson Drive: A resident reported Jan. 15 her mailbox was damaged by a snow plow. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "DJ equipment mistaken for weapon: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 17 Jan. 2018 Except for the steady grunt of plows in the distance, the world echoed in decibels of silence. Beck Dorey-stein, Philly.com, "Charles Barkley was star-struck before interviewing president Obama. A stenographer from Narberth calmed him down," 2 July 2018 Suddenly, the birds are before you, 4-foot-tall creatures with 6-foot wing spans, in nests perched no higher than the top of a utility pole or in fields scrounging after plows. L. Kim Tan, BostonGlobe.com, "In Latvia, we got carried away with storks," 26 June 2018 Arborists can also use a vibratory plow to actively separate the intermingled root structure, although this can be costly. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "South Euclid Tree Commissioner hosts oak wilt seminar Arbor Day weekend," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rivian claims the trucks will boast 800 hp, 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 3 seconds, a range of 450 miles, more than a foot of ground clearance and the ability to plow through hip-deep water. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Rivian Automotive looking to battle electric cars with battery-powered trucks," 21 Sep. 2018 Solution: Try to ignore the opposition and plow ahead with the plans. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Ann Pyne on Designing a Happy and Fun Southampton Home," 2 Oct. 2012 Crushed after the World Series but plowing ahead, the Mets decided not to leave so much up to the baseball gods’ whims in 2016. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "The New York Mets Could Try to Rebuild, But Why Would We Trust Them to Do That?," 11 June 2018 Despite the criticism, Pelosi has plowed ahead and raised eye-popping amounts of money for the Democrats’ midterm campaign. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Pelosi says she’ll run for speaker, as more swing-district Democrats look for alternative," 1 May 2018 Universal is plowing ahead on plans to prepare hundreds of acres in Orlando for new development. Paul Brinkmann, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Universal Orlando plows ahead on expansion land," 4 Apr. 2018 Republicans seemed undeterred by Democrats' demands, plowing ahead with planned votes on the bill and a sole amendment to it Thursday morning. Anchorage Daily News, "House passes legislation to renew key NSA surveillance program after Trump’s tweets sow confusion," 11 Jan. 2018 Because the town never plowed the cemetery, the prairie has gradually overtaken the gravesites. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Lincoln, lizard mounds, angels, devil’s curses, and junk food magnates: midwestern cemeteries have ’em all," 30 May 2018 The loader is normally used for plowing, hauling material, or on construction sites. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Enfield DPW Holds Collection For Local Food Pantries," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of plow

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for plow

Noun

Middle English, from Old English plōh hide of land; akin to Old High German pfluog plow

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More Definitions for plow

plow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

plow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plow (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

plow

noun
\ˈplau̇ \

Kids Definition of plow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a farm machine used to dig into, break up, and turn over soil

2 : a device (as a snowplow) used to spread or clear away matter on the ground

plow

verb
plowed; plowing

Kids Definition of plow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to dig into, break up, or turn over soil with a plow plow a furrow plow the soil

2 : to move through or continue with force or determination Our ship plowed through the waves. She plowed ahead with the planning.

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