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ploughing or (especially US) plowing (ˈplaʊɪŋ)



  1. the act of ploughing a field

plough or (especially US) plow (plaʊ Pronunciation for )



  1. an agricultural implement with sharp blades, attached to a horse, tractor, etc, for cutting or turning over the earth
  2. any of various similar implements, such as a device for clearing snow
  3. a plane with a narrow blade for cutting grooves in wood
  4. (in agriculture) ploughed land
  5. See put one's hand to the plough


  1. to till (the soil) with a plough
  2. to make (furrows or grooves) in (something) with or as if with a plough
  3. when intr, usually foll by through to move (through something) in the manner of a plough   ⇒ the ship ploughed the water
  4. (intransitive) foll by through to work at slowly or perseveringly
  5. (intransitive; followed by into or through) (of a vehicle) to run uncontrollably into something in its path   ⇒ the plane ploughed into the cottage roof
  6. (transitive; followed by in, up, under, etc) to turn over (a growing crop, manure, etc) into the earth with a plough
  7. (intransitive) (British, slang) to fail an examination

Derived Forms

ˈplougher, (especially US) ˈplower noun

Word Origin

Old English plōg plough land; related to Old Norse plogr, Old High German pfluoc


View thesaurus entry
= turn over, dig, till, ridge, cultivate, furrow, break ground

Example Sentences Including 'ploughing'

And now I mentally pushed Mary-Claire Grey off the top of Tower Bridge before ploughing through the rest of the mail.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
Donkeys are used for ploughing , weeding, transporting the sick to hospitals, transporting people and bringing firewood to homesteads.
SA Star (2005)
Etienne and the boys were ploughing while Isabelle and Hannah cleaned the house, ridding it of the winter smoke and darkness.
Tracy Chevalier THE VIRGIN BLUE (2002)
Kids start making millions and wonder what they are doing ploughing up the pool at 5am every day.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
Silence, except for the drone of traffic, ploughing its way up and down the Fulham Road.
Salley Vickers INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 3 (2002)
The man was smiling and turned to reveal Lapiere ploughing along in his wake.
St. James, Ian Final Resort
We see definite signs of ploughing back money from subsidiaries to the main company.
Business Today (1999)


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