plow·​share ˈplau̇-ˌsher How to pronounce plowshare (audio)
: a part of a plow that cuts the furrow

Examples of plowshare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More:Churches in metro Detroit to turn guns into plowshares through buyback programs What is the penalty for violating an Extreme Risk Protection Order? John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, 22 June 2024 The tech sector has played a vital role in the war effort: turning plowshares into swords; converting civilian drones into weapons; repurposing skills to turn coders into cyberwarriors; and creating platforms and apps to source, fund, connect. WIRED, 10 July 2023 For bread, all vanished into an emptiness thirsty as old iron, a plowshare Left in a fallow field for decades beside a snakeskin wound through the eyehole Of a steer’s skull. The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 The back yard, occasionally used as a party space, was bare, save for a medieval-style plowshare. Ian Volner, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 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, 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, 17 Apr. 2018 Trade wars, like all wars, empower government as plowshares are beaten into swords. Phil Gramm and, WSJ, 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, 21 Oct. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plowshare was in the 14th century

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“Plowshare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plow·​share -ˌshe(ə)r How to pronounce plowshare (audio)
: the part of a plow that cuts the earth

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