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also plough  (plou)
1. A farm implement consisting of a strong blade at the end of a beam, usually hitched to a draft team or motor vehicle and used for breaking up soil and cutting furrows in preparation for sowing.
2. An implement or machine designed to move earth, snow, or other material by means of a strong blade.
3. Plow See Big Dipper.
v. plowed, plow·ing, plows also ploughed or plough·ing or ploughs
a. To break and turn over (earth) with a plow.
b. To form (a furrow, for example) with a plow.
c. To form furrows in with a plow: plow a field.
d. To form wrinkles or creases in: His forehead was plowed with lines of stress.
a. To move or clear (snow, for example) by means of a plow.
b. To clear (an area) of snow or other material by means of a plow.
3. To make or form with driving force: I plowed my way through the crowd.
4. To progress through (water): plow the high seas.
5. Vulgar Slang To have intercourse with (another). Used of a man.
1. To break and turn up earth with a plow.
2. To move or clear material such as snow with a plow.
3. To admit of plowing: Rocky earth plows poorly.
4. To move or progress with driving force: The ball carrier plowed through the defensive line.
5. To proceed laboriously; plod: plowed through the backlog of work.
Phrasal Verbs:
plow back
To reinvest (earnings or profits) in one's business.
plow in
To block or isolate by plowing snow across ways of egress.
plow into Informal
1. To strike with force: The van plowed into the hydrant.
2. To begin to eat (food) with eagerness.
plow under
1. To turn or force (crops or manure, for example) into the soil with a plow.
2. To overwhelm, as with burdens: was plowed under with work.

[Middle English plough, plouw, from Old English plōh, plōg, plow, plowland.]

plow′a·ble adj.
plow′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plowing - tilling the land with a plowplowing - tilling the land with a plow; "he hired someone to do the plowing for him"
tilling - cultivation of the land in order to raise crops
References in classic literature ?
They'll keep the sun out of my eyes while I'm plowing the Fifty-Acre Field.
A few said there would be plowing after the first rains.
Besides, next man I see plowing I'm goin' to get a lesson from.
writes: 'It is remarkable how easy the truck does away with the hard labor of plowing.
13: I started plowing for the city of Worcester in 1966 as a private contractor.
Advances in the drive, control and transmission systems--with more powerful motors, stronger plow chains, faster plows, greater transverse push forces, precise control of the plowing depth, and plow bit improvements--mean that Cat plows can be used for high-volume production in any coal hardness.
Stay safe by never driving over 10 mph while plowing.
While Elisha is plowing, Elijah throws the prophetic mantle on him.
By plowing less using no-till farming methods, farmers are getting higher crop yields and using fewer inputs such as water, pesticides, and tractor fuel.
The fully hydrostatic P185 RENEGADE vibratory plow is designed to handle jobs plowing mainline cable five feet deep in the kinds of ground conditions that challenge lighter weight, lower-powered machines.
There are two components to winter control: plowing and snow removal.
To Valentino, his collection - of which the machinery on display at the fair is just a part - is an attempt to re-create farm life of his boyhood at the tail end of the Great Depression, when much of the pulling and plowing work was still done by horses and mules.