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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.plowed - (of farmland) broken and turned over with a plow; "plowed fields"
unploughed, unplowed, unbroken - (of farmland) not plowed; "unplowed fields"; "unbroken land"
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References in classic literature ?
When a few turns had been made, the farmer crossed the plowed strip to Saxon, and joined her on the rail.
So Piers offered, if they would wait until he had plowed his field, to go with them and show them the way.
"We plowed with six for about three years in a row, skipped a couple years and then hitched the six again," Alan says.
Like many communities, Gardner has traditionally plowed certain unaccepted streets as long as they are not so deteriorated that they pose a public safety risk or a threat to town equipment.
Among these was a demand for adoption of a dry pavement policy for snowplowing, meaning that roads must be plowed, salted, and sanded as necessary following a snowfall event to achieve a dry, clear road surface.
Scopel of Oregon State University in Corvallis reports that test plots plowed only at night grew roughly half as many weeds as plots plowed only during daylight hours.
I plowed 3 acres alone this spring with a one-horse plow and the trucks.
Flick said the city, like many communities, has traditionally plowed certain unaccepted streets as long as they are not so deteriorated to pose a public safety risk or a threat to town equipment.
The plowed soil must have good contact with the subsoil to facilitate the rise of moisture.