Plower

plow

[plou]
noun
1.
an agricultural implement used for cutting, lifting, turning over, and partly pulverizing soil.
2.
any of various implements resembling or suggesting this, as a kind of plane for cutting grooves or a contrivance for clearing away snow from a road or track.
3.
Type Founding. (formerly) an instrument for cutting the groove in the foot of type.
4.
Bookbinding. a device for trimming the edges of the leaves by hand.
5.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy.
a.
the constellation Ursa Major.
b.
the Big Dipper.
verb (used with object)
6.
to turn up (soil) with a plow.
7.
to make (a furrow) with a plow.
8.
to tear up, cut into, or make a furrow, groove, etc. in (a surface) with or as if with a plow (often followed by up ): The tractor plowed up an acre of trees.
9.
to clear by the use of a plow, especially a snowplow (sometimes followed by out ): The city's work crews were busily plowing the streets after the blizzard.
10.
to invest, as capital (often followed by into ): to plow several hundred million into developing new oil fields.
11.
to reinvest or reutilize (usually followed by back ): to plow profits back into new plants and equipment.
12.
a.
to cleave the surface of (the water): beavers plowing the pond.
b.
to make (a way) or follow (a course) in this manner: The yacht plowed an easterly course through the choppy Atlantic.
13.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
verb (used without object)
14.
to till the soil or work with a plow.
15.
to take plowing in a specified way: land that plows easily.
16.
to move forcefully through something in the manner of a plow (often followed by through, into, along, etc.): The cop plowed through the crowd, chasing after the thief. The car plowed into our house.
17.
to proceed in a slow, laborious, and steady manner (often followed by through ): The researcher plowed through a pile of reports.
18.
to move through water by cleaving the surface: a ship plowing through a turbulent sea.
Verb phrases
19.
plow under,
a.
to bury under soil by plowing.
b.
to cause to disappear; force out of existence; overwhelm: Many mom-and-pop groceries have been plowed under by the big chain stores.
Also, especially British, plough.


Origin:
before 1100; Middle English plouh, plugh(e), plough(e), Old English plōh; cognate with German Pflug plow

plowable, adjective
plowability, noun
plower, noun
overplow, verb
replow, verb (used with object), replowed, replowing.
subplow, noun
subplow, verb
unplowable, adjective
unplowed, adjective
well-plowed, adjective
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plough or plow (plaʊ)
 
n
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
 
vb (when intr, usually foll by through) (foll by through)
6.  to till (the soil) with a plough
7.  to make (furrows or grooves) in (something) with or as if with a plough
8.  to move (through something) in the manner of a plough: the ship ploughed the water
9.  to work at slowly or perseveringly
10.  (intr; foll by into or through) (of a vehicle) to run uncontrollably into something in its path: the plane ploughed into the cottage roof
11.  (tr; foll by in, up, under, etc) to turn over (a growing crop, manure, etc) into the earth with a plough
12.  slang (Brit) (intr) to fail an examination
 
[Old English plōg plough land; related to Old Norse plogr, Old High German pfluoc]
 
plow or plow
 
n
 
vb
 
[Old English plōg plough land; related to Old Norse plogr, Old High German pfluoc]
 
'plougher or plow
 
n
 
'plower or plow
 
n

plow (plaʊ)
 
n, —vb
the usual US spelling of plough
 
'plower
 
n

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plow
O.E. plog, ploh "plow, plowland (a measure of land)," possibly from Scand. (cf. O.N. plogr "plow"), from P.Gmc. *plogo- (cf. O.Fris. ploch, M.L.G. ploch, M.Du. ploech, O.H.G. pfluog). O.C.S. plugu, Lith. plugas "plow" are Germanic loan-words, as is probably L. plovus, plovum "plow," a word said by Pliny
to be of Rhaetian origin. Replaced O.E. sulh, cognate with L. sulcus "furrow." As a name for the Big Dipper, it is recorded from 1513. The verb is first recorded c.1420. Plowshare is first recorded c.1380.
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