Plow Plow, Plough Plough (plou), n. [OE. plouh, plou, AS. pl[=o]h; akin to D. ploeg, G. pflug, OHG. pfluog, pfluoh, Icel. pl[=o]gr, Sw. plog, Dan. ploug, plov, Russ. plug', Lith. plugas.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Where fern succeeds ungrateful to the plow. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Agriculture; husbandry. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

3. A carucate of land; a plowland. [Obs.] [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five. --Tale of Gamelyn. [1913 Webster]

4. A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane. [1913 Webster]

5. (Bookbinding) An implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books. [1913 Webster]

6. (Astron.) Same as {Charles's Wain}. [1913 Webster]

{Ice plow}, a plow used for cutting ice on rivers, ponds, etc., into cakes suitable for storing. [U. S.]

{Mackerel plow}. See under {Mackerel}.

{Plow alms}, a penny formerly paid by every plowland to the church. --Cowell.

{Plow beam}, that part of the frame of a plow to which the draught is applied. See {Beam}, n., 9.

{Plow Monday}, the Monday after Twelth Day, or the end of Christmas holidays.

{Plow staff}. (a) A kind of long-handled spade or paddle for cleaning the plowshare; a paddle staff. (b) 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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