• The Plough Boy in Luck music
    The Plough Boy in Luck music
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v plough to break and turn over earth especially with a plow "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week","turn the earth in the Spring"
    • v plough move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil "The ship plowed through the water"
    • n plough a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing
    • n Plough a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Stars of the Plough Stars of the Plough
Anglo-Saxon Ploughing Anglo-Saxon Ploughing

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plough A carucate of land; a plowland. "Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five."
    • Plough A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane.
    • Plough 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 ."
    • Plough (Bookbinding) An implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books.
    • Plough Fig.: Agriculture; husbandry.
    • Plough (Astron) Same as Charles's Wain.
    • n. & v Plough See Plow.
    • 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.
    • Plough To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing. "Let patient Octavia plow thy visage up
      With her prepared nails."
      "With speed we plow the watery way."
    • v. i Plough plou 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. "Doth the plowman plow all day to sow ?"
    • Plough (Bookbinding) To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plow. See Plow n., 5.
    • Plough 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plough etc. See plow, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plough plow an instrument for turning up the soil to prepare it for seed: tillage: a joiner's plane for making grooves
    • v.t Plough to turn up with the plough: to make furrows or ridges in: to tear: to divide: to run through, as in sailing:
    • v.i Plough to work with a plough
    • v.t Plough (university slang) to reject in an examination
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  • John Ruskin
    “To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.”
  • Hannah More
    “The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail?”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Plough deep while sluggards sleep.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. plouh, plou, AS. plōh,; akin to D. ploeg, G. pflug, OHG. pfluog, pfluoh, Icel. plōgr, Sw. plog, Dan. ploug, plov, Russ. plug', Lith. plugas,


In literature:

Still, as before remarked, it is better to plough it in before sowing the seed.
"Guano" by Solon Robinson
He returns once more to the plough; "but," he says, "I was now spoiled for a farmer.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
Ploughing with cows and buffaloes in Chhattisgarh 182 83.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
In some villages the boys sow rice seeds before Thakur Deo's shrine with little toy ploughs.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
I don't believe God intended a man to be bent to plough-handles like that, but that isn't the worst of it.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
What could I do at the plough?
"Shenac's Work at Home" by Margaret Murray Robertson
His son does the ploughing.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
In the place of the horse-plough has come the electric sweeper, a less showy but a good deal more effective device.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Every fifty yards a yoke of great-necked stolid oxen were patiently haling at the plough.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A ship ploughed her way through them.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston

In poetry:

The mother, busy at her wheel,
    The father at his plough,
Forget to keep her safe in sight,
    Nor dream of dangers now.
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Who feel the Coming young as aye,
Thrice hopeful on the ground we plough;
Alive for life, awake to die;
One voice to cheer the seedling Now.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
In war the Scotch are very bold.
Burns was a Scot, who, I am told,
Wrote verses and ploughed fields by turns,
So every Scot is proud of Burns.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Slow from the plough the woods withdrew,
Slowly each year the corn-lands grew;
Nor fire, nor frost, nor foe could kill
The Saxon energy of will.
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And the furrows grow longer and longer,
Around the base of the hill,
And the valley is bright with the sunset,
Yet he ploughs and whistles still.
"The Ploughboy" by Kate Seymour Maclean
None of my fairy kinsmen
Makes music with me now:
Alone the raths I wander
Or ride the whitethorn bough,
But the wild swans they know me
And the horse that draws the plough.
"The Fairy Fiddler" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson

In news:

Merck and Schering- Plough announced that the two companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction, valued at approximately $41.1 billion.
Merck buys Schering- Plough .
RIM, Constellation Brands, Micron, Schering- Plough .
Schering- Plough Rank: 242 (Previous rank: 250) Get quote: SGP Financials: Latest quarterly results CEO: Fred Hassan Address: 2000 Galloping Hill Rd.
In order to find the best vendors to handle the 1,300 meetings it holds each year, Schering- Plough Corp. Now uses online reverse auctions.
The Schering- Plough Corporation cut its forecast for 2003 profit as generic alternatives erode sales of its Claritin allergy drug.
Schering- Plough Needs a New Chief--and Intensive Care.
The Schering- Plough Corporation warned late Thursday that its earnings in 2003 and 2004 would be far below forecasts, as the company braces for the loss of patent protection on its allergy drug Claritin.
Federal authorities are conducting a criminal investigation that may focus on one or more products made by Schering- Plough , the company said yesterday in a financial report.
Schering- Plough 's Income Fell 10% in First Quarter.
Slumping sales and regulatory troubles cut first-quarter profit by 10 percent at the drug maker Schering- Plough , the company said today.
Schering- Plough Recalls Medication for Asthma.
The Schering- Plough Corporation is recalling five batches of Vanceril, an inhaled prescription medication for asthma, because some of the canisters may not contain active drug.

In science:

Si, j contains at most one state [A→a · b, t ] for every dotted production A→a · b in G; 2 i.e., turning like oxen in ploughing (Webster).
Random Generation and Approximate Counting of Combinatorial Structures
In this, a ‘bullet’ of dense material is ejected which ploughs through dense circumstellar ambient gas.
Two jets from the Orion (M42) `proplyds' - kinematics, morphologies and origins
Within this explanation the distinction between the GMR 15 elongated jet and LV 5 compact knot could simply be that the bullet causing the extended GMR 15 feature is ploughing through denser circumstellar gas causing more ablation.
Two jets from the Orion (M42) `proplyds' - kinematics, morphologies and origins
As for trying to increase the dimension above 4 in Theorem 6.2, we can automate the process in Section 3 to avoid ploughing through endless cases.
A 3-manifold group which is not four dimensional linear
Any clouds of denser material overrun by the wind, be they fragmented remnants of the dense shell swept up by the wind in its “snow-plough” phase or clouds in the ISM, will be shock-heated.
ROSAT Observations of the Galactic Wind in M82