noun, verb (used with or without object) Chiefly British.
- the constellation Ursa Major.
- the Big Dipper.
verb (used with object)
- to cleave the surface of (the water): beavers plowing the pond.
- to make (a way) or follow (a course) in this manner: The yacht plowed an easterly course through the choppy Atlantic.
verb (used without object)
- to bury under soil by plowing.
- to cause to disappear; force out of existence; overwhelm: Many mom-and-pop groceries have been plowed under by the big chain stores.
Origin of plow
Related Words for ploughplow, prepare, farm, mulch, work, plant, turn, dig, sow, labor, grow, tend, dress, harrow, hoe, plough
Examples from the Web for plough
Contemporary Examples of plough
I order a swing-top bottle of German beer, and then Erik and I plough through a couple liters of red wine.Exploring the Darker Side of James Joyce’s Trieste
January 13, 2014
Historical Examples of plough
The plough looks a bit glum, but she'll grow to like us presently.
Then he reached out both hands vaguely and touched the shaft of the plough.
She unbuttoned the mackintosh and spread it on the bar of the plough and sat down.
A harrow and a plough live there; they're sure to be at home on a day like this.
The action of the plough has often obliterated the traces of ancient barrows.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
esp US plow
Word Origin for plough
alternative spelling of plow. Related: Ploughed; ploughing.
late Old English plog, ploh "plow; plowland" (a measure of land equal to what a yoke of oxen could plow in a day), possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse plogr "plow," Swedish and Danish plog), from Proto-Germanic *plogo- (cf. Old Saxon plog, Old Frisian ploch "plow," Middle Low German ploch, Middle Dutch ploech, Dutch ploeg, Old High German pfluog, German Pflug), a late word in Germanic, of uncertain origin. Old Church Slavonic plugu, Lithuanian plugas "plow" are Germanic loan-words, as probably is Latin plovus, plovum "plow," a word said by Pliny to be of Rhaetian origin.
Replaced Old English sulh, cognate with Latin sulcus "furrow." As a name for the star pattern also known as the Big Dipper or Charles's Wain, it is attested by early 15c., perhaps early 14c. The three "handle" stars (in the Dipper configuration) generally are seen as the team of oxen pulling the plow, though sometimes they are the handle.
late 14c., from plow (n.). Transferred sense from 1580s. Related: Plowed; plowing.