What is plough?

  • (verb): To break and turn over earth especially with a plow.
    Synonyms: plow, turn
    See also — Additional definitions below


The plough (BrE) or plow (AmE; see spelling differences; /ˈplaʊ/) is a tool (or machine) used in farming for initial cultivation of soil in preparation for sowing seed or planting. It has been a basic instrument for most of recorded history, and represents one of the major advances in agriculture.

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South Warnborough - History - Church, Manor, Plough
... In the book Church, Manor, Plough - Volume 1 of the History of South Warnborough written by John Simpson in 1946, he details a statement made on 28 ...
Alfred George Gardiner - Works
1913) The War Lords (1915) Pebbles on the Shore (writing as "Alpha of the Plough") (1916) Windfalls (as "Alpha of the Plough") (1920) Leaves in the Wind (as "Alpha of the Plough") (1920 ...
Clarence Herbert Smith
... Smith created the first stump-jump plough, entitled the Vixen, in 1876 ... The plough consisted of any number of hinged shares when the blade encountered an underground obstacle, it would rise out of the ground ... it proved remarkably effective, and was dubbed the "stump-jump" plough ...
Plough - Advantages and Disadvantages
... Ploughing leaves very little crop residue on the surface, which otherwise could reduce both wind and water erosion ... Over-ploughing can lead to the formation of hardpan ...
Stump-jump Plough
... The stump-jump plough is a kind of plough invented in South Australia in the late 19th century by Richard Bowyer Smith to solve the particular problem of ...

More definitions of "plough":

  • (noun): A farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing.
    Synonyms: plow
  • (verb): Move in a way resembling that of a plow cutting into or going through the soil.
    Synonyms: plow

Famous quotes containing the word plough:

    With plough and spade, and hoe and loom,
    Trace your grave, and build your tomb,
    And weave your winding-sheet, till fair
    England be your sepulchre.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

    We grant no dukedoms to the few,
    We hold like rights and shall;—
    Equal on Sunday in the pew,
    On Monday in the mall.
    For what avail the plough or sail,
    Or land or life, if freedom fail?
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    And so we plough along, as the fly said to the ox.
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)