\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And a western Pennsylvania man was killed when he was struck by a snow plow. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 17 Dec. 2020 Keep in mind that the company has a long history of innovation, going back to the invention of the steel plow in 1837. Tom Taulli, Forbes, 15 May 2021 The current flag of Montana features the state seal -- which includes mountains, plains, forests, a river, a plow, a pick and a shovel -- against a blue background with the name of the state in yellow lettering. Iris Samuels, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2021 Enough snow to shovel and plow is possible in cities such as Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton, New York, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2021 There's disagreement over whether the guilty plow belonged to the county or Minnesota Department of Transportation. Susan Du, Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021 Between the snow plow lots, agricultural equipment factories, Dollar Trees and Walmarts, Asian American stores and restaurants rise out of tiny strip malls. Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021 Settlers began systemically clearing the Great Plains prairie in the early 1800s as the John Deere plow became a staple of conventional tilling, which is the practice of digging up the topsoil to plant seeds. Becca Dzombak, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2021 The officer talked to the woman, who said a man in a dark blue pickup truck with a red plow brought the dogs home. John Benson, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Need to plow through a task that will take you a full day? Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 10 May 2021 As Tokyo Olympic organizers plow ahead with plans for the Summer Games to begin next month, the baseball qualifier has highlighted the difficulties of hosting international sporting events during the pandemic. James Wagner, New York Times, 22 June 2021 Instead, neighbors chip in, block by block, to hire someone to plow their stretch of alley each winter. Emma Nelson, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 Beginning July 1, the state’s two biggest, highest-profile athletic departments will plow forward. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2021 While some Democrats have been advocating for the party to cut off negotiations with Republicans and plow ahead with the reconciliation process, other moderate members have pushed for a bipartisan answer. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, 8 June 2021 If a bill by Houston GOP Sen. Joan Huffman becomes law, HB 2 also would plow about $1 billion into the Employees Retirement System pension fund. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 Neeson is no stranger to fighting bad guys while on various vehicles, having already done so on a plane (Non-Stop), train (The Commuter), and snow plow (Cold Pursuit). Derek Lawrence,, 18 May 2021 Now is as good a time as any to plow ahead with ambitious development, said founder Mark Falcone of Continuum, which has done large-scale urban projects in Denver and Portland, Ore. Roger Vincent Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Plow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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



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

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


\ 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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