\ 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 intoplow 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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plowable \ ˈplau̇-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce plowable (audio) \ adjective
plower \ ˈplau̇(-​ə)r How to pronounce plower (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 New lands were brought under the plow and hedgerows were ripped up, leading to erosion. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "United Kingdom to embark on ‘agricultural revolution’ in break from EU farm subsidies," 17 Jan. 2020 That only creates another obstacle that could get in the way of plows or emergency services. oregonlive, "10 ways to stay safe on snowy roads in Oregon," 12 Jan. 2020 With a snow emergency in effect, plow trucks finally attacked snow and ice accumulation on rutted residential side-streets on Tuesday, bringing relief some residents called weeks overdue. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul attacks snow, ice on residential side-streets," 31 Dec. 2019 Road Commission assistant engineer Darrell Cass said a plow truck sent to the site got stuck before a grader freed it., "SPALDING TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula rescued 19 members of a family who became marooned in a snowed-in cabin after a weekend blizzard swept the area.," 5 Dec. 2019 Road Commission Assistant Engineer Darrell Cass said a plow truck sent to the site got stuck before a grader freed it., "19 people rescued from snowed-in cabin after weekend blizzard in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula," 4 Dec. 2019 Road Commission Assistant Engineer Darrell Cass said a plow truck sent to the site got stuck before a grader freed it. USA TODAY, "19 family members rescued from snowed-in cabin in Michigan," 4 Dec. 2019 Charnay Pickett, spokesperson for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, told IndyStar 80 plow trucks were deployed at 1 p.m. Monday to begin treating city roads. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis weather: Road conditions may still be treacherous Tuesday morning," 11 Nov. 2019 The field was a half-mile wide, bordered by a fencerow on the western end, where a pile of rocks stacked over years of the plow turning them up and farm boys following in the wake, tossing them to the pile. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "A chilly morning, a North Dakota wheat field, a flock of geese and the gift of a lifetime," 30 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The chief executive then rubbed shoulders with Bollywood personalities -- Amazon is plowing money into creating Bollywood-dominated content for its Prime Video service to lure movie-mad Indians. Saritha Rai, Fortune, "India scoffs at Amazon CEO Bezos’s offer to invest $1 billion in the country," 17 Jan. 2020 Couch’s arrest is the latest turn in a bizarre legal saga that began in 2013, when Couch plowed his father’s pickup truck into a group of people helping a motorist on a Texas roadside. Washington Post, "‘Affluenza’ teen whose lawyers argued he was too spoiled to go to jail is locked up again," 2 Jan. 2020 The typhoon slammed into Eastern Samar province on Christmas Eve and then plowed across the archipelago’s central region on Christmas, slamming into seven coastal towns and island provinces without losing power, government forecasters said. Jim Gomez,, "Christmas typhoon leaves 20 dead in Philippines," 26 Dec. 2019 Without it, after all, the Cardinals just might not have salted their victory away one play later when Kenyan Drake plowed in for his second rushing touchdown of the game. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals backup QB Brett Hundley ready for more action if called upon," 25 Dec. 2019 Strong and mean as a left guard, Toles has great balance and can plow open holes. Mick Mccabe And Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Meet the 2019 Detroit Free Press All-Detroit high school football team," 20 Dec. 2019 That’s when Treu’s Ford F-150 pickup truck crossed a highway lane and plowed into a ditch, where a group of fourth-grade Girl Scouts were picking up trash. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Wis. Man Guilty of Killing 3 Girl Scouts and Mom in Hit-and-Run as They Picked up Trash Along Road," 18 Dec. 2019 Kucherov had just passed the puck when Schenn plowed into him with a clean, hard check, causing the Tampa Bay Lightning star to hit his back and head on the ice. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov leaves game after crushing hit from St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn," 20 Nov. 2019 After snowfall, road is often plowed only to a popular photo overlook, which adds 0.7 of a mile to each leg of trip. Tom Stienstra,, "Get a fresh New Year start at snowy mountain lookout," 3 Jan. 2020

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

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23 Jan 2020

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“Plow.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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