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plough British & World English

A large farming implement with one or more blades fixed in a frame, drawn over soil to turn it over and cut furrows in preparation for the planting of seeds

the Plough in plough British & World English

A prominent formation of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear), containing the Pointers that indicate the direction to the Pole Star

plough English Thesaurus

the fields had been ploughed

plough-in British & World English

The uncontrolled downward pitching of a hovercraft, usually caused by part of the leading edge of the skirt touching the water when the craft is moving at speed, often resulting in a capsize; an instance of this.

hand-plough British & World English

A small, light plough drawn or pushed by hand; (also) a plough drawn by an animal and overseen by a human operator (as opposed to a motorized plough).

ice plough British & World English

A plough of a type specially designed to cut through ice; specifically (in early use) one used in ice harvesting to cut grooves in the ice prior to the extraction of ice blocks.

mine plough British & World English

A device fitted to the front of a tank or other heavy vehicle which clears a path through a minefield by cutting into the ground and pushing the mines aside.

plough-alms British & World English

A tax payable to the Church in Anglo-Saxon and feudal times, consisting of one penny per annum for each plough or ploughland.

plough bolt British & World English

A bolt securing a ploughshare, etc., to the stock of a plough.

plough-boon British & World English

Ploughing done as a service by a tenant for a lord; an instance of this.

plough-gang British & World English

A measure of arable land based on the area able to be tilled by one plough with a team of horses or oxen in the year, varying in extent according to the type of plough used, the nature of the ground, etc.

plough-head British & World English

The front part of a plough.

plough iron British & World English

Any iron part of a plough; specifically (in plural) the coulter and share taken together.

plough jack British & World English

A mummer participating in the celebration of Plough Monday.

plough jag British & World English

A mummer participating in the celebration of Plough Monday.

plough-line British & World English

A line marking the limit of ploughed land.

plough path British & World English

A pathway made for or by a plough; specifically (originally) a turn-row or bridleway; (later) a path made by a snowplough.

plough shoe British & World English

Any of various devices for covering, protecting, or supporting a ploughshare.

plough-soil British & World English

Soil that has been thrown up by ploughing.

plough star British & World English

Originally: the brightest star (Dubhe) in the most readily identifiable part of the constellation Ursa Major, which corresponds to the coulter when the constellation is seen as a plough and is the nearest to the north celestial pole; (also) the bright star Arcturus in the adjacent constellation Boötes. In recent use: any of the seven prominent stars in the Plough.

plough stot British & World English

A mummer participating in the celebration of Plough Monday. Also in plural: the Plough Monday celebrations.

plough-tail British & World English

The rear or handles of a plough. Also in extended use: ploughing; the occupation or place of a farm labourer, especially in at (also from,etc.) the plough-tail.

push plough British & World English

A small plough operated by pushing; a hand plough or breast plough.

sub-plough1 British & World English

= subsoil plough. Now chiefly attributive, designating the area of soil loosened by such a plough.

sub-plough2 British & World English

To plough (land) using a sub-plough; = subsoil-plough.

mole plough British & World English

A plough in which a pointed iron shoe attached to an upright support is drawn along beneath the surface, making a hollow drainage channel resembling a mole’s burrow

plough pan British & World English

A compacted layer in cultivated soil resulting from repeated ploughing

plough driver British & World English

The driver of a plough; especially one who drives the animal or animals drawing a plough.

plough handle British & World English

The handle, or either of the two handles, of a plough.

plough jockey British & World English

A farmer; an unsophisticated country-dweller, a bumpkin.

plough-jogger British & World English

A person who ‘jogs’ or pushes a plough, a ploughman; (in extended use) a farmer or rural labourer.

plough money British & World English

Money paid for the right of ploughing (now historical).

plough paddle British & World English

A plough staff; = paddle.

plough point British & World English

The (usually detachable) share at the front of a plough.

plough press British & World English

A press or vice in which a book is held while the edges are cut with a plough.

plough-silver British & World English

Money paid by a tenant to a lord in lieu of plough-service; (also) money paid for the privilege of ploughing or harrowing land held in tenure.

plough staff British & World English

A staff, ending in a small spade or shovel, used to clear earth, roots, weeds, etc., from the coulter and mouldboard of a plough.

plough stilt British & World English

A plough handle. Chiefly in plural.

plough stock British & World English

The iron or metal frame of a plough; = stock.

plough timber British & World English

Wood used for making or repairing ploughs; specifically such wood as provided by a landlord for a tenant.

plough truck British & World English

US a two-wheeled attachment to a plough, sometimes with a seat for the ploughman to ride on.

plough witch British & World English

A mummer participating in the celebration of Plough Monday. Frequently in plough-witch Monday noun = Plough Monday Compare plough bullock.

Scotch plough British & World English

A type of swing plough; = Scots plough.

Scots plough British & World English

A type of swing plough, made chiefly (sometimes wholly) from wood, and drawn by a team of up to eight horses or oxen (also more fully old Scots plough); (also) a lighter type of swing plough which can be drawn by two horses, especially one made entirely from cast iron.

Plough Monday British & World English

The first Monday after Epiphany, formerly marked by popular festivals or observances in some regions

planting plough British & World English

A type of paring plough used to prepare stony, shrubby, or otherwise difficult soils for planting.

plough bullock British & World English

A bullock used in ploughing.

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