Mow vs Plough - What's the difference?

mow | plough |

As a verb mow

is .

As a proper noun plough is

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



Etymology 1

(etyl) mowen (participle mowen), from (etyl) )


  • To cut something (especially grass or crops) down or knock down.
  • He mowed the lawn .
    Derived terms
    * mow down

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • *, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.212:
  • *:Those that paint them dyingdelineate the prisoners spitting in their executioners faces, and making mowes at them.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Make mows at him.


    (en verb)
  • To make grimaces, mock.
  • * 1610 , , act 2 scene 2
  • For every trifle are they set upon me: / Sometime like apes that mow and chatter at me, / And after bite me;
  • * Tyndale
  • Nodding, becking, and mowing .

    Etymology 3

    (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A stack of hay, corn, beans or a barn for the storage of hay, corn, beans.
  • The place in a barn where hay or grain in the sheaf is stowed.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (agriculture) To put into mows.
  • Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • (a seagull)
  • (Webster 1913)

    See also




    (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