Definition of Plough

1. Noun. A group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major.

Exact synonyms: Big Dipper, Charles's Wain, Dipper, Wagon, Wain
Generic synonyms: Asterism
Group relationships: Great Bear, Ursa Major

2. Verb. Move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil. "The ship plowed through the water"
Exact synonyms: Plow
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel

3. Noun. A farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing.
Exact synonyms: Plow
Specialized synonyms: Bull Tongue, Moldboard Plow, Mouldboard Plough
Generic synonyms: Tool
Derivative terms: Plow

4. Verb. To break and turn over earth especially with a plow. "Turn the earth in the Spring"
Exact synonyms: Plow, Turn
Category relationships: Agriculture, Farming, Husbandry
Entails: Cut Into, Delve, Dig, Turn Over
Generic synonyms: Till
Specialized synonyms: Ridge, Disk, Harrow
Derivative terms: Ploughing, Plow, Plower, Plowing

Definition of Plough

1. n. & v. See Plow.

Definition of Plough

1. Proper noun. (context: constellation British) The common name for the brightest seven stars of the constellation Ursa Major. ¹

2. Noun. A device pulled through the ground in order to break it open into furrows for planting. ¹

3. Noun. (American English) A horse-drawn plow (as opposed to plow, used for the mechanical variety) ¹

4. Noun. An alternative name for ''Ursa Major'' or the Great Bear. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To use a plough on to prepare for planting. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To use a plough. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive vulgar) to fuck, to have sex with. ¹

8. Verb. To move with force. ¹

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Definition of Plough

1. to plow [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: plow

Medical Definition of Plough

1. 1. 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. "Where fern succeeds ungrateful to the plow." (Dryden) 2. Agriculture; husbandry. 3. A carucate of land; a plowland. "Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five." (Tale of Gamelyn) 4. A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane. 5. An implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books. 6. Same as Charles's Wain. Ice plow, a plow used for cutting ice on rivers, ponds, etc, into cakes suitable for storing. Mackerel plow. See Mackerel. Plow alms, a penny formerly paid by every plowland to the church. Plow beam, that part of the frame of a plow to which the draught is applied. See Beam. Plow Monday, the Monday after Twelth Day, or the end of Christmas holidays. Plow staff. A kind of long-handled spade or paddle for cleaning the plowshare; a paddle staff. A plow handle. Snow plow, a structure, usually lambda-shaped, for removing snow from sidewalks, railroads, etc, drawn or driven by a horse or a locomotive. Origin: OE. Plouh, plou, AS. Ploh; akin to D. Ploeg, G. Pflug, OHG. Pfluog, pfluoh, Icel. Plogr, Sw. Plog, Dan. Ploug, plov, Russ. Plug', Lith. Plugas. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Plough

plough back
plough horse
plough into
plough on
plough stop
plough through
ploughed back
ploughed into
ploughed on

Literary usage of Plough

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"Subsequently the digging plough came into vogue; the share being wider, a wider furrow is cut, while the slice is Inverted by a short concave mould-board ..."

2. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1850)
"plough. (1) Used for oxen kept to draw the drawn by oxen and horses. ... Tusser thus alludes to this singular custom,— plough Munday, next after that ..."

3. Publications by English Dialect Society (1882)
"of the plough-head, and on the other end to the right-hand hale.' ' In the Middle Ages,' says Prof. Rogers, ' it appears that this part was made of iron, ..."

4. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1867)
"This is manufactured by the Ames plough Company, Boston, and also New York city. ... The figure of the plough gives tho reader about as correct an idea of ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"The necessity for daily recourse to the smithy is thus removed, and along with it that irregularity in the quality of the work and draught of the plough, ..."

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