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Definition of Plough

Plough

  1. See Plow.
  2. 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. Fig.: Agriculture; husbandry.
  4. A carucate of land; a plowland.
  5. A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane.
  6. An implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books.
  7. Same as Charles's Wain.
  8. 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. To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing.
  10. To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plow. See Plow, n., 5.
  11. 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. 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.

Plough Quotations

Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.
George Orwell

We often plough so much energy into the big picture, we forget the pixels.
Silvia Cartwright

The glacier was God's great plough set at work ages ago to grind, furrow, and knead over, as it were, the surface of the earth.
Louis Agassiz

I am content with nothing, restless and ambitious... and I despise myself for the vanity, which formed half the stimulus to my exertions. Oh would that I were one of those plodding wise fools who having once set their hand to the plough go on nothing doubting.
Thomas Huxley

Democracy is like three oxen pulling a plough. The oxen are the independent powers, but you have to walk in the same direction; otherwise, you cannot plough and that is what was happening in Colombia. One ox was walking in one direction, the other in another direction, so the democracy was not working.
Juan Manuel Santos
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Plough Translations

plough in Dutch is omploegen, beploegen, ploegen
plough in French is labourer, charrue
plough in German is Pflug
plough in Portuguese is arado
plough in Spanish is arado