- 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
Examples from the Web for plow
Think the Frogtown settlers rinsed their tonsils with something that was “too wet to plow and too thick to drink”?
No matter: Christman and her conservative sisters remain unbowed and eager to plow ahead.
The horse has always been a tool for man, whether it was tied to a plow or pulling a carriage.
Consider, for example, whether it makes sense to plow ever-greater sums into college educations if wages are stagnant?Don't Have Enough to Worry About? Here's One More Thing: Low Growth May be Here to Stay.|Megan McArdle|March 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The only thing left is to tie her to the bed with plow line, but he wants her father to help him do it.American Dreams: ‘Tobacco Road’ by Erskine Caldwell|Nathaniel Rich|April 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The greater part of northern France, though well brought under the plow, would come under the denomination of gray country.The Poetry of Architecture|John Ruskin
The plow-boy puts on his father's boots and proceeds to plow up the cunning little angle worm.Remarks|Bill Nye
I was wild to go, but Tippy has no patience with people who put their hands to the plow and then look back.Georgina's Service Stars|Annie Fellows Johnston
Plow deep and subsoil all wheat-lands, except those on a gravelly or sandy bottom.Soil Culture|J. H. Walden
It is not too much, then, to say that the plow is at once “the tie that binds,” and the tap-root which nourishes the world.Jethro Wood, Inventor of the Modern Plow.|Frank Gilbert
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.