Plough vs Drive - What's the difference?

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Plough is a synonym of drive.

As a proper noun plough

is (constellation|british) the common name for the brightest seven stars of the constellation ursa major.

As a verb drive is




(wikipedia plough)

Alternative forms

* (US) plow


(en noun)
  • A device pulled through the ground in order to break it open into furrows for planting.
  • The horse-drawn plough had a tremendous impact on agriculture.
  • An alternative name for Ursa Major or the Great Bear.
  • A carucate of land; a ploughland.
  • * Tale of Gamelyn
  • Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five.
  • A joiner's plane for making grooves.
  • A bookbinder's implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books.
  • Usage notes

    The spelling (m) is usual in the United States, but the spelling plough may be found in literary or historical contexts there.

    Derived terms

    * moldboard plow * ploughman * ploughshare * snowplough * sodbuster plough


    (en verb)
  • To use a plough on to prepare for planting.
  • I've still got to plough that field.
  • To use a plough.
  • Some days I have to plough from sunrise to sunset.
  • (vulgar) To have sex with.
  • To move with force.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 18 , author= , title=Wolverhampton 5 - 0 Doncaster , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Wolves continued to plough forward as young Belgian midfielder Mujangi Bia and Ronald Zubar both hit shots wide from good positions.}}
  • To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let patient Octavia plough thy visage up / With her prepared nails.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • With speed we plough the watery way.
  • (bookbinding) To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plough.
  • (joinery) To cut a groove in, as in a plank, or the edge of a board; especially, a rectangular groove to receive the end of a shelf or tread, the edge of a panel, a tongue, etc.
  • Derived terms

    * plough back * plough in * plough into * plough on * plough the back forty * plough through * plough under * Ploughright (family name)

    See also

    * disc * furrow * harrow * rake * yoke




  • To impel or urge onward by force; to push forward; to compel to move on.
  • to drive sheep out of a field
  • * Jowett (Thucyd.)
  • A storm came on and drove them into Pylos.
  • (intransitive) To direct a vehicle powered by a horse, ox or similar animal.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=We drove back to the office with some concern on my part at the prospect of so large a case. Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • To cause animals to flee out of.
  • To move (something) by hitting it with great force.
  • To cause (a mechanism) to operate.
  • (ergative) To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle).
  • To motivate; to provide an incentive for.
  • To compel (to do something).
  • To cause to become.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.}}
  • (cricket) To hit the ball with a .
  • To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle.
  • To convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle.
  • To move forcefully.
  • * Dryden
  • Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails.
  • * Prescott
  • under cover of the night and a driving tempest
  • * Tennyson
  • Time driveth onward fast, / And in a little while our lips are dumb.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2010, date=December 29, author=Mark Vesty, work=BBC
  • , title= Wigan 2-2 Arsenal , passage=The impressive Frenchman drove forward with purpose down the right before cutting infield and darting in between Vassiriki Diaby and Koscielny. }}
  • To urge, press, or bring to a point or state.
  • * Tennyson
  • enough to drive one mad
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • He, driven to dismount, threatened, if I did not do the like, to do as much for my horse as fortune had done for his.
  • To carry or to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute.
  • * Collier
  • The trade of life can not be driven without partners.
    (Francis Bacon)
  • To clear, by forcing away what is contained.
  • * Dryden
  • to drive the country, force the swains away
  • (mining) To dig horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel.
  • (Tomlinson)
  • (obsolete) To distrain for rent.
  • Synonyms

    * herd * (cause animals to flee out of) * (move something by hitting it with great force) force, push * move, operate * * impel, incentivise/incentivize, motivate, push, urge * (compel) compel, force, oblige, push, require * (cause to become) make, send * (travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle) * take

    Derived terms

    * bedrive * drink and drive * driveable * drive a coach and horses through * drive a hard bargain * drive at * drive-boat * drive-bolt * drive-by * drivee * drive home * drive-in * drive Irish tandem * drive-line * drive off * drive-off * drive-on * * drive out * drive-pipe * driver * drive-screw * drive-shaft * drive-through, drivethrough * drive time * drive to distraction * drive to drink * drive-train * drive-wheel * drive-yourself * driving * fordrive * let drive


    (en noun)
  • (senseid)Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition.
  • Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; especially, a forced or hurried dispatch of business.
  • * (Matthew Arnold)
  • The Murdstonian drive in business.
  • An act of driving animals forward, to be captured, hunted etc.
  • * 1955 , (Robin Jenkins), The Cone-Gatherers , Canongate 2012, p. 79:
  • Are you all ready?’ he cried, and set off towards the dead ash where the drive would begin.
  • (military) A sustained advance in the face of the enemy to take a strategic objective.
  • A motor that does not take fuel, but instead depends on a mechanism that stores potential energy for subsequent use.
  • A trip made in a motor vehicle.
  • A driveway.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive , for it was then after nine. We passed on the way the van of the guests from Asquith.}}
  • A type of public roadway.
  • (dated) A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.
  • (psychology) Desire or interest.
  • (computing) An apparatus for reading and writing data to or from a mass storage device such as a disk, as a floppy drive.
  • (computing) A mass storage device in which the mechanism for reading and writing data is integrated with the mechanism for storing data, as a hard drive, a flash drive.
  • (golf) A stroke made with a driver.
  • (baseball) A ball struck in a flat trajectory.
  • (cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a vertical arc, through the line of the ball, and hitting it along the ground, normally between cover and midwicket.
  • (soccer) A straight level shot or pass.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2010, date=December 29, author=Mark Vesty, work=BBC
  • , title= Wigan 2-2 Arsenal , passage=And after Rodallega missed two early opportunities, the first a header, the second a low drive easily held by Lukasz Fabianski, it was N'Zogbia who created the opening goal. }}
  • A charity event such as a fundraiser, bake sale, or toy drive
  • (typography) An impression or matrix formed by a punch drift.
  • A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river.
  • Usage notes

    * In connection with a mass-storage device, originally the word "drive" referred solely to the reading and writing mechanism. For the storage device itself, the word "disk" was used instead. This remains a valid distinction for components such as floppy drives or CD drives, in which the drive and the disk are separate and independent items. For other devices, such as hard disks and flash drives, the reading, writing and storage components are combined into an integrated whole, and can not be separated without destroying the device. In these cases, the words "disk" and "drive" are used interchangeably.


    * (self-motivation) ambition, enthusiasm, get-up-and-go, motivation, self-motivation, verve * (sustained advance in the face of the enemy) attack, push * (motor that does not take fuel) engine, mechanism, motor * (trip made in a motor vehicle) ride, spin, trip * (driveway) approach, driveway * (public roadway) avenue, boulevard, road, street * desire, impetus, impulse, urge * disk drive * (golf term) * (baseball term) line drive * (cricket term)


    * (self-motivation) inertia, lack of motivation, laziness, phlegm, sloth

    Derived terms

    * bridge drive * disk drive * blood drive * food drive * drive-whist * flash drive * floppy drive * four-wheel drive * hard drive * hyperdrive * toy drive * jump drive * left-hand drive * overdrive * right-hand drive * sex drive * warp drive * whist drive

    Derived terms

    * drift * drive out * driver * driverside * driven * driven to distraction * drive Irish tandem * drunk driving * jump drive * piledriver * screwdriver -->