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



(North American English plowshare) noun
BrE BrE//ˈplaʊʃeə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplaʊʃer//
(North American English also share)
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  • the broad curved blade of a plough
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from plough + Old English scær, scear ‘ploughshare’ (related to shear).Idioms
    turn swords into ploughshares
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    (literary) to stop fighting and return to peaceful activities See related entries: Weapons