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.
- For the scribe, as for the man at the plough-tail, the Law was the rule of life.
- The turf is taken off either with the breast plough - a paring tool pushed forward from the breast or thighs by the workman - or with specially constructed paring ploughs or shims. The depth of the sod removed should not be too thick or burning is difficult and too much humus is destroyed unnecessarily, nor should it be too thin or the roots of the herbage are not effectually destroyed.
- The working parts of the plough are the coulter, the share, and the breast or mould-board.
- The following are typical passages: " April is a good season for fallowing, if the earth breaks up behind the plough; for second fallowing after St John's Day when the dust rises behind the plough; for seed-ploughing when the earth is well settled and not too cracked; however, the busy man cannot be always waiting on the seasons."