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[plou] /plaʊ/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Chiefly British
Related forms
unploughed, adjective Unabridged
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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


an agricultural implement with sharp blades, attached to a horse, tractor, etc, for cutting or turning over the earth
any of various similar implements, such as a device for clearing snow
a plane with a narrow blade for cutting grooves in wood
(in agriculture) ploughed land
put one's hand to the plough, to begin or undertake a task
to till (the soil) with a plough
to make (furrows or grooves) in (something) with or as if with a plough
when intr, usually foll by through. to move (through something) in the manner of a plough: the ship ploughed the water
(intransitive) foll by through. to work at slowly or perseveringly
(intransitive; foll by into or through) (of a vehicle) to run uncontrollably into something in its path: the plane ploughed into the cottage roof
(transitive; foll by in, up, under, etc) to turn over (a growing crop, manure, etc) into the earth with a plough
(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


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


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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