plow·​share | \ ˈplau̇-ˌsher How to pronounce plowshare (audio) \

Definition of plowshare

: a part of a plow that cuts the furrow

Examples of plowshare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During a brief window during the Eisenhower era, the US government still seriously explored the peaceful uses of the atom—a program known as PLOWSHARE, after the Biblical phrase about beating swords into plowshares. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "America's Decades-Old Obsession With Nuking Hurricanes (and More)," 26 Aug. 2019 What was once a great swords-to-plowshares example of former rivals sharing technology is now a point of tension—and Russian leverage. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the All-American Omega Rocket, the Next Contender to Launch Air Force Satellites," 17 Apr. 2018 Trade wars, like all wars, empower government as plowshares are beaten into swords. Phil Gramm And, WSJ, "Trump, Tariffs and the Protectionist Temptation," 23 Mar. 2018 But across the Middle East, and among the great powers, there's little sign of the political will needed to turn swords into plowshares. Tim Lister, CNN, "Bigger battles are rising from the ashes of the war on ISIS," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of plowshare

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plowshare

Middle English ploughshare, from plough plow + schare plowshare — more at share entry 3

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“Plowshare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plowshare

: the part of a plow that digs into the soil


plow·​share | \ ˈplau̇-ˌsher How to pronounce plowshare (audio) \

Kids Definition of plowshare

: the part of a plow that cuts into the earth

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