plow

1 of 2

noun

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

2 of 2

verb

plowed; plowing; plows

transitive verb

1
a
: 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

1
a
: to use a plow
b
: to undergo plowing
2
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
plowable adjective
plower 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Both campaigns offered voters free rides to the polls as plows cleared wet slush from the roads. Anthony Izaguirre, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 In Massachusetts, where Boston could see up to 7 inches of snow, Gov. Maura Healey warned snowfall may become too heavy for plows to keep up with. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 Getty Images Iowa plow operators struggled Saturday to keep roads clear amid heavy snow and winds gusting up to 30 mph, which blew snow back onto roads as soon as they were cleared. CBS News, 13 Jan. 2024 Three of the eight plows will bear references to female musicians: Taylor Drift, Dolly Plowton and Beyonsleigh. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, 30 Jan. 2024 In the year since the Hawkeye star, 53, was critically injured in a snow plow accident, he’s processed his range of emotions by writing. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 City officials said drivers were needed for snow plow operations. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024 The two zoom into each other and crash, as Squibb plows Roundtree’s scooter out of the way. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 18 Jan. 2024 Renner was helping his nephew remove a stuck vehicle from more than three feet of snow at his home in Reno, Nevada, on Jan. 1, 2023, when he was run over by his snow plow. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2024
Verb
In desperation, a Republican super PAC hired private plowing companies to clear certain streets. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2024 While plowing his field in Bulgaria, a farmer hit a large stone with his tractor. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 12 Feb. 2024 The seal depicts a Native American riding off into the sunset while a white settler plows his field with his rifle leaning on a nearby stump. Alex Derosier, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 As tech companies have plowed vast amounts of money into acquiring computational resources and datasets, and hiring skilled personnel, researchers in academia and the public sector have been left behind. Will Henshall, TIME, 26 Jan. 2024 Many of those are discovered on the surface, because park staffers periodically plow to help break up the soil and promote natural erosion. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Jan. 2024 The department’s pursuits came under scrutiny after a deputy plowed through a red light in 2018 without its lights and sirens on and struck an uninvolved motorist, severely injuring him. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 18 Jan. 2024 His budget, the first one created exclusively by his administration, significantly trims spending on transportation, private universities and community colleges, among many other smaller cuts, while plowing hundreds of millions of dollars into his other priorities. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2024 The new state seal features a loon amid wild rice, to replace the image of a Native American riding off into the sunset while a white settler plows his field with a rifle at the ready. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, 3 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of plow was in the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near plow

Cite this Entry

“Plow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plow. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

plow

1 of 2 noun
1
: a farm machine used to cut, lift, and turn over soil
2
: a device (as a snowplow) used to spread or clear away matter on the ground

plow

2 of 2 verb
1
: to open, break up, or work with a plow
plow a furrow
2
: to move forcefully into or through
a ship plowing the waves
3
: to go steadily and with great effort
plow through a report
4
: to clear away snow from with a plow
plow the road

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