- an agricultural implement used for cutting, lifting, turning over, and partly pulverizing soil.
- any of various implements resembling or suggesting this, as a kind of plane for cutting grooves or a contrivance for clearing away snow from a road or track.
- Type Founding. (formerly) an instrument for cutting the groove in the foot of type.
- Bookbinding. a device for trimming the edges of the leaves by hand.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy.
- the constellation Ursa Major.
- the Big Dipper.
- to turn up (soil) with a plow.
- to make (a furrow) with a plow.
- to tear up, cut into, or make a furrow, groove, etc. in (a surface) with or as if with a plow (often followed by up): The tractor plowed up an acre of trees.
- to clear by the use of a plow, especially a snowplow (sometimes followed by out): The city's work crews were busily plowing the streets after the blizzard.
- to invest, as capital (often followed by into): to plow several hundred million into developing new oil fields.
- to reinvest or reutilize (usually followed by back): to plow profits back into new plants and equipment.
- (of a ship, boat, animal, etc.)
- 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.
- Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
- to till the soil or work with a plow.
- to take plowing in a specified way: land that plows easily.
- to move forcefully through something in the manner of a plow (often followed by through, into, along, etc.): The cop plowed through the crowd, chasing after the thief. The car plowed into our house.
- to proceed in a slow, laborious, and steady manner (often followed by through): The researcher plowed through a pile of reports.
- to move through water by cleaving the surface: a ship plowing through a turbulent sea.
- plow under,
- 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 plowingsmash, shove, rake, cultivate, bulldoze, reap, trench, rush, ridge, till, farm, list, break, turn, push, harvest, harrow, furrow
Examples from the Web for plowing
Contemporary Examples of plowing
Not long ago, a whole host of artists were plowing these fields—Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Johnny Winter.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
The company is plowing the profits from the first store into expansion.No, a $15-Hour Fast Food Wage Isn’t Crazy
December 5, 2013
Meanwhile, the private sector—and state and local governments—are getting on with their business and plowing ahead.October Jobs Report Is Bad News for American Economic Declinists
November 8, 2013
And then third, figure out how you can live on 75% of your income, while plowing 25% into retirement savings.Ask the Blogger: Worried Savers Edition
March 19, 2013
If we are plowing hundreds of billions into college loans with low-to-no wage growth, this implies one of two things.Don't Have Enough to Worry About? Here's One More Thing: Low Growth May be Here to Stay.
March 4, 2013
Historical Examples of plowing
Mr. Bonnithorne, standing aside, had been plowing the gravel with one foot.
I says, 'anything from plowing to threshing and nicking a nag's tail,' I says.
Spent all day plowing the low meadow, Peter delving potatoes.
When Parson Christian finished his plowing, the day was far spent.
They were plowing along at top speed, which was not a good sign.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
- the usual US spelling of plough
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.