What does plough mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Big Dipper, Dipper, Plough, Charles's Wain, Wain, Wagon(noun)

    a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major

  2. plow, plough(verb)

    a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing

  3. plow, plough(verb)

    move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil

    "The ship plowed through the water"

  4. plow, plough, turn(verb)

    to break and turn over earth especially with a plow

    "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring"


  1. plough(Noun)

    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.

  2. plough(Noun)

    A horse-drawn plow (as opposed to plow, used for the mechanical variety)

  3. plough(Noun)

    An alternative name for Ursa Major or the Great Bear.

  4. plough(Verb)

    To use a plough on to prepare for planting.

    I've still got to plough that field.

  5. plough(Verb)

    To use a plough.

    Some days I have to plough from sunrise to sunset.

  6. plough(Verb)

    to fuck, to have sex with.

  7. plough(Verb)

    To move with force.

  8. Plough(ProperNoun)

    The common name for the brightest seven stars of the constellation Ursa Major.

  9. Origin: From plouh, plow, plouw, from ploh and plógr, both from plōgaz. Cognate with pleuch, plou, ploege, plog, ploeg, Ploog, Pflug, plov, plóg. Replaced sulh; see sullow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plough

    see Plow

  2. Plough(noun)

    a well-known implement, drawn by horses, mules, oxen, or other power, for turning up the soil to prepare it for bearing crops; also used to furrow or break up the soil for other purposes; as, the subsoil plow; the draining plow

  3. Plough(noun)

    fig.: Agriculture; husbandry

  4. Plough(noun)

    a carucate of land; a plowland

  5. Plough(noun)

    a joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane

  6. Plough(noun)

    an implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books

  7. Plough(noun)

    same as Charles's Wain

  8. Plough(verb)

    to turn up, break up, or trench, with a plow; to till with, or as with, a plow; as, to plow the ground; to plow a field

  9. Plough(verb)

    to furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing

  10. Plough(verb)

    to trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plow. See Plow, n., 5

  11. Plough(noun)

    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

  12. Plough(verb)

    to labor with, or as with, a plow; to till or turn up the soil with a plow; to prepare the soil or bed for anything

  13. Origin: [OE. plouh, plou, AS. plh; akin to D. ploeg, G. pflug, OHG. pfluog, pfluoh, Icel. plgr, Sw. plog, Dan. ploug, plov, Russ. plug', Lith. plugas.]


  1. Plough

    The plough or plow is a tool used in farming for initial cultivation of soil in preparation for sowing seed or planting to loosen or turn the soil. Ploughs are drawn either by bullocks or other animals such as horses or camels or through a tractor. A plough may be made of wood or iron. It has been a basic instrument for most of recorded history, and represents one of the major advances in agriculture. The primary purpose of ploughing is to turn over the upper layer of the soil, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface, while burying weeds, the remains of previous crops, and both crop and weed seeds, allowing them to break down. It also aerates the soil, allows it to hold moisture better and provides a seed-free medium for planting an alternate crop. In modern use, a ploughed field is typically left to dry out, and is then harrowed before planting. Ploughs were initially human powered, but the process became considerably more efficient once animals were pressed into service. The first animal powered ploughs were undoubtedly pulled by oxen, and later in many areas by horses and mules, although various other animals have been used for this purpose. In industrialised countries, the first mechanical means of pulling a plough were steam-powered, but these were gradually superseded by internal-combustion-powered tractors.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plough

    plow, n. an instrument for turning up the soil to prepare it for seed: tillage: a joiner's plane for making grooves.—v.t. to turn up with the plough: to make furrows or ridges in: to tear: to divide: to run through, as in sailing: (university slang) to reject in an examination.—v.i. to work with a plough.—adj. Plough′able, capable of being ploughed: arable.—ns. Plough′boy, a boy who drives or guides horses in ploughing; Plough′er; Plough′gate (Scots law), a quantity of land of the extent of 100 acres Scots; Plough′ing; Plough′-ī′ron, the coulter of a plough; Plough′-land, land suitable for tillage: as much land as could be tilled with one plough, a hide of land; Plough′man, a man who ploughs: a husbandman: a rustic:—pl. Plough′men; Plough′-Mon′day, the Monday after Twelfth Day when, according to the old usage, the plough should be set to work again after the holidays; Plough′-tail, the end of a plough where the handles are; Plough′-tree, a plough-handle; Plough′wright, one who makes and mends ploughs.—Put one's hand to the plough, to begin an undertaking.—Snow plough, a strong triangular frame of wood for clearing snow off roads, railways, &c., drawn by horses or by a locomotive; Steam plough, a plough driven by a stationary steam-engine; The Plough, the seven bright stars in the constellation of the Great Bear. [Ice. plógr; perh. Celt., Gael. ploc, a block.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. plough

    An instrument formerly used for taking the sun's altitude, and possessed of large graduations. When a ship cuts briskly through the sea she is said to plough it.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plough in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of plough in a Sentence

  1. Heinrich Gotthard von Treitschke:

    Millions must plough and forge and dig in order that a few thousand may write and paint and study.

  2. British Prime Minister David Cameron:

    I dropped into The Plough at Cadsden for a pint of IPA and some fish and chips with China's President Xi.

  3. Adel Al-Saleh:

    We plough on, we now have a portfolio that is fit for the marketplace - and the marketplace is changing dramatically.

  4. Luke 962 Bible:

    And Jesus said unto him, 'No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.'

  5. Miguel de Cervantes:

    'Tis an old saying, the Devil lurks behind the cross. All is not gold that glitters. From the tail of the plough, Bamba was made King of Spain and from his silks and riches was Rodrigo cast to be devoured by the snakes.

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