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 ploughingplow, prepare, farm, mulch, work, plant, turn, dig, sow, labor, grow, tend, dress, harrow, hoe, plough
Examples from the Web for ploughing
Contemporary Examples of ploughing
Dragon skins hung in some parish churches and ploughing regularly turned up elf arrows, little-worked flints of great delicacy.The Best of Brit Lit
November 11, 2009
Historical Examples of ploughing
He will soon be on the sea, ploughing his way to Port Natal.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Ploughing was at once attempted, under the direction of our agriculturists.Freeland
Then he went to the third brother, who was the youngest of the three, and also ploughing there.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
For generations we have been reaping and wasting, instead of ploughing and sowing.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
What ploughing we have done to-day, you can easily catch up with when you begin.The Boy Settlers
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.