A tractor ploughing a field.
A farm tool with heavy blades is an example of a plough.
- (literary or historical in the United States) A device pulled through the ground in order to break it open into furrows for planting.
- The horse-drawn plough had a tremendous impact on agriculture.
- An alternative name for Ursa Major or the Great Bear.
- A carucate of land; a ploughland.
- A joiner's plane for making grooves.
- A bookbinder's implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books.
(third-person singular simple present ploughs, present participle ploughing, simple past and past participle ploughed)
- To use a plough on to prepare for planting.
- I've still got to plough that field.
- (intransitive) To use a plough.
- Some days I have to plough from sunrise to sunset.
- (vulgar) To have sex with.
- To move with force.
- To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing.
- (bookbinding) To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plough.
- (joinery) To cut a groove in, as in a plank, or the edge of a board; especially, a rectangular groove to receive the end of a shelf or tread, the edge of a panel, a tongue, etc.
From Middle English plouh, plow, plugh(e), plough(e), plouw, from Old English plÅh (“hide of land, ploughland") and Old Norse plÃ³gr (“plough (the implement)"), both from Proto-Germanic *plÅgaz, *plÅguz (“plough"). Cognate with Scots pleuch, plou (“plough"), West Frisian ploech (“plough"), North Frisian plog (“plough"), Dutch ploeg (“plough"), Low German Ploog (“plough"), German Pflug (“plough"), Danish plov (“plough"), Swedish and Norwegian plog (“plough"), Icelandic plÃ³gur (“plough"). Replaced Old English sulh (“plough, furrow"); see sullow.
- The plough consists of several parts made of seasoned wood.
- Plough the fallow in early spring, and plough frequently - twice in winter, twice in summer unless your land is poor, when a light ploughing in September will do.
- In the moist bottom-lands along the rivers it is the custom to throw the soil up in high beds with the plough, and then to cultivate them deep. This is the more common method of drainage, but it is expensive, as it has to be renewed every few years.
- For the scribe, as for the man at the plough-tail, the Law was the rule of life.
- " In some places," he says, " a horse plough is better," and in others an oxen plough, to which, upon the whole, he gives the preference.