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plough

[plou] /plaʊ/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Chiefly British
1.
plow.
Related forms
unploughed, adjective
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Examples from the web for ploughing
  • For oxen be put to all the labour of ploughing and drawing.
  • He gets up at the crack of dawn to do a couple of hours' extra ploughing.
  • And instead of ploughing those borrowed billions into developing the site, they could use it to buy more land.
  • He has spent his life patiently saving and ploughing his money into a business he founded.
  • Searching for shows often means ploughing through ever-growing alphabetical lists or clicking around a grid of letters.
  • Cash-rich companies with short investment cycles can grow by ploughing their profits back into their business.
  • Biotech crops require less ploughing and spraying to control weeds.
  • The comparative value of pre-ploughing cultivations for simplifying seedbed preparations.
  • Cif, of onion by summer ploughing and alteration of date of sowing.
  • The planting technique was developed to create an optimised rooting space, and to reduce the cost of deep ploughing.
British Dictionary definitions for ploughing

plough

/plaʊ/
noun
1.
an agricultural implement with sharp blades, attached to a horse, tractor, etc, for cutting or turning over the earth
2.
any of various similar implements, such as a device for clearing snow
3.
a plane with a narrow blade for cutting grooves in wood
4.
(in agriculture) ploughed land
5.
put one's hand to the plough, to begin or undertake a task
verb
6.
to till (the soil) with a plough
7.
to make (furrows or grooves) in (something) with or as if with a plough
8.
when intr, usually foll by through. to move (through something) in the manner of a plough: the ship ploughed the water
9.
(intransitive) foll by through. to work at slowly or perseveringly
10.
(intransitive; foll by into or through) (of a vehicle) to run uncontrollably into something in its path: the plane ploughed into the cottage roof
11.
(transitive; foll by in, up, under, etc) to turn over (a growing crop, manure, etc) into the earth with a plough
12.
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to fail an examination
Derived Forms
plougher, especially (US) plower, noun
Word Origin
Old English plōg plough land; related to Old Norse plogr, Old High German pfluoc

Plough

/plaʊ/
noun
1.
the Plough, the group of the seven brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Major Also known as Charles's Wain Usual US name the Big Dipper
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Word Origin and History for ploughing

plough

alternative spelling of plow. Related: Ploughed; ploughing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ploughing in the Bible

first referred to in Gen. 45:6, where the Authorized Version has "earing," but the Revised Version "ploughing;" next in Ex. 34:21 and Deut. 21:4. The plough was originally drawn by oxen, but sometimes also by asses and by men. (See AGRICULTURE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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