\ ˈplau̇ How to pronounce plow (audio) \

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


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

Other Words from plow


plowable \ ˈplau̇-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce plow (audio) \ adjective
plower \ ˈplau̇(-​ə)r How to pronounce plow (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mayor stressed at this point the city isn’t entertaining the purchase of another plow. John Benson, cleveland, 1 July 2022 The second spurred population growth through crop rotation, improvement of the plow, a suite of policy changes including the division of the commons into parcels of private property. Jeff Mcmahon, Forbes, 30 June 2022 His grandfather had cut hay by hand, using a scythe, and had driven a plow pulled by a team of horses. Eula Biss, The New Yorker, 8 June 2022 The family shared the backbreaking work with two bulls that pulled the plow and a horse that carried the bags bulging with tubers. New York Times, 30 May 2022 Plow driver fired: A snowplow driver has been fired after his plow threw snow and slush onto the opposite side of the Ohio Turnpike near Sandusky, damaging 55 vehicles, Olivia Mitchell reports. cleveland, 9 Feb. 2022 The city is planning to spend roughly $229,000 for a new 10-ton 2023 International HV507 SFA truck chassis and cab with plow. John Benson, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 The plow had its blade down and flashing lights on at the time of the crash. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 7 Feb. 2022 Communicating to residents Ahead of last week’s storm, Bibb rolled out a new pilot program for an online plow tracker map that was intended to show residents the streets that had been plowed at least once, and the location of plows around the city. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 7 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the share of plug-in vehicles is expected to grow as automakers plow billions into manufacturing and electrify their fleets. Spencer Donovan, ajc, 14 July 2022 Companies seeking to pivot need to start with market research to ensure that their new offering covers market needs and then plow resources into developing technology to meet those needs. Eliron Ekstein, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Just as some home buyers are still willing to pay record prices, investors continue to plow large sums into residential property. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 22 June 2022 Currently, Spain’s draft law requires networks and local and global platforms to plow 5% of annual revenues into European titles, 3.5% off that in works from independent Spanish producers, of which 2% are accounted for by movies and 1.5% by films. John Hopewell, Variety, 23 May 2022 The First Amendment, in other words, gives rich and poor Americans alike the right to plow millions of dollars into political campaigns to influence candidates. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 May 2022 The company has never logged an annual profit over its 10 years of existence, preferring instead to plow cash flow into expansion. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2022 Mhatre would take the savings from the branch cuts and other expense reductions, and plow much of it into hiring more bankers and investing in digital services and back-office technology., 11 Aug. 2021 Harris is not sure why there is opposition to extending the enhanced child tax credit, particularly the monthly payments, since many parents plow it back into local businesses. Tami Luhby, CNN, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of plow


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for plow


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

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\ ˈplau̇ How to pronounce plow (audio) \

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


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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