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plow

noun \ ˈplau̇ \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of plow

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

Recent Examples of plow from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of plow

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

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plow

verb

Definition of plow

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

play \ˈplau̇-ə-bəl\ adjective

plower

play \ˈplau̇(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of plow in a Sentence

  1. The soil was freshly plowed.

  2. They used oxen to plow the field.

  3. My street hasn't been plowed yet.

  4. We hired someone to plow the snow from our driveway.

  5. The town won't start plowing until the storm is almost over.

  6. a ship plowing the ocean

  7. They continued to plow their way through the tall grass.

Recent Examples of plow from the Web

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First Known Use of plow

15th century

plow Synonyms

Synonyms
break, furrow
Related Words
cultivate, till; fallow; harrow, hoe, list, rake, rototill
Near Antonyms
break, ease (up), let up, slacken; bum, chill, dally, dillydally, footle, goldbrick, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk, slack (off), veg out; bask, loll, relax, repose, rest, unwind; dabble, doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang, hang about [British], mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle


PLOW Defined for English Language Learners

plow

noun

Definition of plow for English Language Learners

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


plow

verb

Definition of plow for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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plow

noun \ ˈplau̇ \

Definition of plow for Students

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

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plow

verb

Definition of plow for Students

plowed; plowing
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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