- 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
Contemporary Examples of plow
Think the Frogtown settlers rinsed their tonsils with something that was “too wet to plow and too thick to drink”?Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
No matter: Christman and her conservative sisters remain unbowed and eager to plow ahead.The 'RedState Women' Wooing Scheme
April 2, 2014
The horse has always been a tool for man, whether it was tied to a plow or pulling a carriage.De Blasio Whipped by Horse Lobby
March 8, 2014
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.
March 4, 2013
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
April 30, 2012
Historical Examples of plow
He said he had got to go up to Joe Charnick's to get his plow.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 3.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
This was something of which the yokels, or men of the plow, often complained.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The deep roots of the clover penetrated the soil, that no plow ever touched.The Enclosures in England
I have put my hand to the plow, and it shall not be withdrawn.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
But he had his wakeness same as a common man, and it was the Plow Inn at Ramsey.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
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.