- Plough is another word for plow, which is a farm tool with heavy blades that cuts through the soil.
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 (â€œhide of land, ploughlandâ€) and Old Norse plÃ³gr (â€œplough (the implement)â€), both from Proto-Germanic *plÅgaz, *plÅguz (â€œploughâ€). Cognate with Scots pleuch, plou (â€œploughâ€), West Frisian ploech (â€œploughâ€), North Frisian plog (â€œploughâ€), Dutch ploeg (â€œploughâ€), Low German Ploog (â€œploughâ€), German Pflug (â€œploughâ€), Danish plov (â€œploughâ€), Swedish and Norwegian plog (â€œploughâ€), Icelandic plÃ³gur (â€œploughâ€). Replaced Old English sulh (â€œplough, furrowâ€); see sullow.