Plow, Plough n.
1. A well-known implement, drawn by horses, mules, oxen, or other power, for turning up the soil to prepare it for bearing crops; also used to furrow or break up the soil for other purposes; as, the subsoil plow; the draining plow.
Where fern succeeds ungrateful to the plow. --Dryden.
2. Fig.: Agriculture; husbandry.
3. A carucate of land; a plowland. [Obs.] [Eng.]
Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five. --Tale of Gamelyn.
4. A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane.
5. Bookbinding An implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books.
6. Astron. Same as Charles's Wain.
Ice plow, a plow used for cutting ice on rivers, ponds, etc., into cakes suitable for storing. [U. S.]
Mackerel plow. See under Mackerel.
Plow alms, a penny formerly paid by every plowland to the church. --Cowell.
Plow beam, that part of the frame of a plow to which the draught is applied. See Beam, n., 9.
Plow Monday, the Monday after Twelth Day, or the end of Christmas holidays.
Plow staff. (a) A kind of long-handled spade or paddle for cleaning the plowshare; a paddle staff. (b) A plow handle.
Snow plow, a structure, usually Λ-shaped, for removing snow from sidewalks, railroads, etc., -- drawn or driven by a horse or a locomotive.
Plow, Plough, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plowed or Ploughed; p. pr. & vb. n. Plowing or Ploughing.]
1. To turn up, break up, or trench, with a plow; to till with, or as with, a plow; as, to plow the ground; to plow a field.
2. To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing.
Let patient Octavia plow thy visage up
With her prepared nails. --Shak.
With speed we plow the watery way. --Pope.
3. Bookbinding To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plow. See Plow, n., 5.
4. Joinery To cut a groove in, as in a plank, or the edge of a board; especially, a rectangular groove to receive the end of a shelf or tread, the edge of a panel, a tongue, etc.
To plow in, to cover by plowing; as, to plow in wheat.
To plow up, to turn out of the ground by plowing.
Plow, Plough v. i. To labor with, or as with, a plow; to till or turn up the soil with a plow; to prepare the soil or bed for anything.
Doth the plowman plow all day to sow ? --Isa. xxviii. 24.
n : a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the
soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing [syn: plough]
v 1: to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer
Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth
in the Spring" [syn: plough, turn]
2: deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression;
"This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of
Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of
China" [syn: cover, treat, handle, deal, address]
3: move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or
going through the soil; "The ship plowed through the
water" [syn: plough]