• WordNet 3.6
    • v plod walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud "Mules plodded in a circle around a grindstone"
    • n plod the act of walking with a slow heavy gait "I could recognize his plod anywhere"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plod To toil; to drudge; especially, to study laboriously and patiently. "Plodding schoolmen."
    • Plod To travel slowly but steadily; to trudge.
    • v. t Plod To walk on slowly or heavily. "The ploughman homeward plods his weary way."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plod A puddle.
    • plod To trudge; travel or work slowly and perseveringly; go on in any pursuit with steady, laborious diligence.
    • plod To lag behind or puzzle upon the scent: said of hounds. Synonyms To trudge, jog.
    • plod To go or walk over in a heavy, laboring manner; accomplish by heavy, toilsome walking or exertion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Plod plod to travel slowly and steadily: to study or work on steadily: to toil
    • v.t Plod to get along by slow and heavy walking:—pr.p. plod′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. plod′ded
    • n Plod slow movement: patient study
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  • Charles E. Popplestone
    Charles E. Popplestone
    “Those who commence deliberately. They plod on. They stick to it. They persevere and finally reap their rewards.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.”
  • Aesop
    “Plodding wins the race.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gf. Gael. plod, a clod, a pool; also, to strike or pelt with a clod or clods


In literature:

Many a dull boy wins because he sticks to it and plods away.
"Fifty-Two Story Talks To Boys And Girls" by Howard J. Chidley
I found a steady plod up a steep hill without spells is better and less exhausting than a rush and a number of rests.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Finally it came to him, immensely remote, a rhythmic plod, plod, plod.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
They plodded, seeing no further than their daily necessity of travel.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
He did not like the going here, but he plodded on with his burdens.
"The Girl from Montana" by Grace Livingston Hill
He plodded the fragrant fields with bent head, in despair.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
He plodded along, happy in the prospect of work.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
He turned wearily from the distant light and plodded on.
"The Upas Tree" by Florence L. Barclay
Up the dim, starlit trail he plodded, shivering and yet elate.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Two ox wagons plodded along.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White

In poetry:

Bright shares cleaving
Through the frosty clods,
Strong flanks heaving
While the ploughman plods.
"Winter Morning" by Cicely Fox Smith
The world is taking little heed
And plods from day to day:
The vulgar flourish like a weed,
The learned pass away.
"The Poet's Death" by John Clare
Only a drop of the heaven's blue
Left in a wayside cup, --
A cup of joy for the plodding few
And eyes that look not up.
"Blue Succory In War Time" by Annie Adams Fields
But still in moods of calmer tone,
I feel a longing to retire,
And watch the broad world all alone,
And plod, but not aspire.
"One Star Alone" by Alexander Anderson
THE Poor Old Soul plods down the street,
Contented, and forgetting
How Youth was wild, and Spring was wild
And how her life is setting;
"To A Young Girl At A Window" by Margaret Widdemer
"For he's hame afore me, an' lang's the road!
He fain at my side wud hae timed his plod,
But, eh, he was sent for, an' hurried awa!
Noo, I'm thinkin he's harkin to hear my fit-fa'."
"Granny Canty" by George MacDonald

In news:

ORNL's speedy Titan plodding through slow acceptance testing.
Life of Pi plods along with boring exposition and shallow sprituality.
' Cosmopolis ' a plodding ride into the future.
Plodding Plot For Econ Recovery Cash.
He isn't used to seeing them plod along like they did on Saturday afternoon.
Long seen as plodding, Britain's local councils are now bold, ideological and on the march.
"Looking beyond Sandy's impact, US manufacturers continue to plod ahead," Guatieri said.
Big storm plods through West, Midwest .
Mike Brown's style was somewhat plodding, especially as the players tried to execute his hybrid-Princeton offense.
WARREN COUNTY — A federal case nearly five years old involving two landowner groups and Warren County is continuing to plod along, a year after settlement talks morphed into more motions and claims.
Pippa's Plodding Publishing Premiere .
The Arizona Cardinals will start Kevin Kolb Friday night against Oakland of University of Phoenix Stadium but John Skelton could be emerging as the front runner in the team's somewhat plodding search to find a starting quarterback.
Strictly speaking, we're all one-way time travelers: plodding forward through the progress of existence second-by-second.
" Secretariat " plods along.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At every turn of Endeavour's stop-and-go commute through urban streets, a constellation of spectators trailed along as the space shuttle ploddingly nosed past stores, schools, churches and front yards.