- 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.
- plow back,
- plow into,
- plow steel,
- plow under,
- plow wind
Origin of plow
Examples from the Web for unplowed
He would reach the spot, with such shelter as possible, to find only a sugar-beet field, neglected and unplowed.The Amazing Interlude|Mary Roberts Rinehart
In very many instances, seed, of course, self-sown has become rooted and grown vigorously on unplowed land.Clovers and How to Grow Them|Thomas Shaw
For him they hid the cracks in their cabin, his unplowed field, his uncut woodpile.A Ticket to Adventure|Roy J. Snell
Out therein some place like this Joe writes aboutwould be a new and unplowed field.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
Fill these with moist soil from the field or garden, packing it till it is as hard as the unplowed or unspaded soil.The First Book of Farming|Charles L. Goodrich
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.