Plow Plow, Plough Plough, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plowed} (ploud) or {Ploughed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plowing} or {Ploughing}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing. [1913 Webster]

Let patient Octavia plow thy visage up With her prepared nails. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

With speed we plow the watery way. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bookbinding) To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plow. See {Plow}, n., 5. [1913 Webster]

4. (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. [1913 Webster]

{To plow in}, to cover by plowing; as, to plow in wheat.

{To plow up}, to turn out of the ground by plowing. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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