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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

Contents

English

Alternative spellings

  • plough (Commonwealth English)

Noun

Singular
plow

Plural
plows

plow (plural plows)

  1. (US) spelling; see plough.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to plow

Third person singular
plows

Simple past
plowed

Past participle
plowed

Present participle
plowing

to plow (third-person singular simple present plows, present participle plowing, simple past and past participle plowed)

  1. (US) spelling; see plough.

Translations


Simple English

[[File:|thumb|250px|Two animals pulling a plow with a farmer behind it]] A plow or plough is a simple machine used in farming. A plow is pulled across the ground by a human or animal. When pulled across the ground, the plow lifts up dirt and makes two lines of dirt behind it. The dirt lifted by the plow is more loose than before. Ground that has been plowed is a good place for a farmer to grow food.

History

Hoeing

When agriculture was first made simple hand-held digging sticks or hoes would have been used in areas with good soil, such as the area near the Nile River in Africa. At the Nile, the annual flood makes the soil better by rejuvenating it, to create places where seeds could be planted. To help crops grow in areas where floods were rare, the soil had to be rejuvenated in a different way. This is when plowing was first used, and hoes were the first plows.rue:Плуг








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