Definition of plough noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (North American English plow) noun
    BrE BrE//plaʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//plaʊ//
    On the farm, Growing crops
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  1. 1 [countable] a large piece of farming equipment with one or several curved blades, pulled by a tractor or by animals. It is used for digging and turning over soil, especially before seeds are planted. the demise of the horse-drawn plough see also snowplough See related entries: On the farm, Growing crops
  2. 2 the Plough (British English) (North American English the Big Dipper) [singular] a group of seven bright stars that can only be seen from the northern half of the world
  3. Word Originlate Old English plōh, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ploeg and German Pflug. The spelling plough became common in England in the 18th cent.; earlier (16th–17th cents) the noun was normally spelled plough, the verb plow.Idioms (British English, formal) (of land) used for growing crops, not for keeping animals on synonym arable See related entries: Growing crops