Definition of Plow

Pronunciation: ploud
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.
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.
Mackerel plow
See under Mackerel.
Plow alms
a penny formerly paid by every plowland to the church.
Plow beam
that part of the frame of a plow to which the draught is applied. See Beam, n., 9.
- Cowell.
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
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Plowed (ploud) or Ploughed; p. pr. & vb. n. Plowing or Ploughing.]
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 ahead
to continue in spite of obstacles or resistence by others. Often used in a bad sense, meaning to continue obstinately in spite of the contrary advice of others.
plow through
to execute a difficult or laborious task steadily, esp. one containing many parts; as, he plowed through the stack of correspondence until all had been answered.
v. i.1.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.

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