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[plou] /plaʊ/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Chiefly British
Related forms
unploughed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for ploughed
  • Smoke curled lazily from factory chimneys, and small and bigger boats ploughed their ways up and down the lough.
  • The gunboats, however, ploughed their way through without other damage than to their appearance.
  • Wart-hogs as hideous as nightmares ploughed along with their fore knees on the ground as they rooted it up.
  • But rather than reduce the deficit further it wants this money ploughed back into health services.
  • Many protesters voiced doubts whether savings would be ploughed back into new infrastructure as promised.
  • Money made from these office spaces is due to be ploughed back into the network's day-to-day operations, which is good and proper.
  • In the longer run, plenty of new farmland could be ploughed up and many technological gains could be had.
  • The creature it belonged to ploughed against the current for a while, and then disappeared.
  • Diamond dollars were ploughed into infrastructure, education and health.
  • How great this is may be judged by inspecting any newly ploughed field after a heavy rain.
British Dictionary definitions for ploughed


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 ploughed


alternative spelling of plow. Related: Ploughed; ploughing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ploughed 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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