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  1. plow
    IPA[plou]
  2. noun

    • 1. a large farming implement with one or more blades fixed in a frame, drawn by a tractor or by animals and used for cutting furrows in the soil and turning it over, especially to prepare for the planting of seeds.

    • 2. a snowplow.

    • 3. a yoga pose assumed by lying on one's back and swinging one's legs over one's head until the outstretched feet approach or touch the floor:

      positions like plow and headstand can strain the neck

    verb

    • 1. turn up the earth of (an area of land) with a plow, especially before sowing:

      Uncle Vic plowed his garden
      Synonym : cultivate, till, work, furrow, harrow, ridge, break up, turn up
    • 2. cut (a furrow or line) with or as if with a plow:

      icebergs have plowed furrows on the seabed
    • 3. (of a ship or boat) travel through (an area of water):

      cruise liners plow the long-sailed routes
    • 4. (especially of a vehicle) move in a fast and uncontrolled manner:

      the car plowed into the side of a van
    • 5. advance or progress laboriously or forcibly:

      they plowed their way through deep snow the students are plowing through a set of grammar exercises
      Synonym : trudge, plod, toil, clump, push one's way, wade, flounder, press, move laboriously, slog, trog
    • 6. continue steadily despite difficulties or warnings to stop:

      he plowed on, trying to outline his plans
    • 7. clear snow from (a road) using a snowplow:

      the roads weren't yet plowed
    • 8. fail (an examination).

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: plough, plural noun: ploughs

    • v.: verb: plough, 3rd person present: ploughs, gerund or present participle: ploughing, past tense: ploughed, past participle: ploughed

    • adjective

      (of an area of land) having had the earth turned up with a plow, especially before sowing:

      (of a road) having been cleared of snow using a snowplow:

    • noun

      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.

      land that has been ploughed:

    • verb

      turn up the earth of (an area of land) with a plough, especially before sowing:

      cut (a furrow or line) with or as if with a plough:

    • adjective

      (of an area of land) having had the earth turned up with a plough, especially before sowing:

      (of a road) having been cleared of snow using a snowplough:

    • bury in the soil by plowing
    • till (soil) completely or thoroughly
    • plow grass or other material into the soil to enrich it
    • follow a course of action in which one is isolated or in which one can act independently
    • embark on a task
    • follow a course of action in which one is isolated or in which one can act independently
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