Furrow vs. Plow

By Jaxson

  • Plow

    A plough (UK) or plow (US; both ) is a tool or farm implement used in farming for initial cultivation of soil in preparation for sowing seed or planting to loosen or turn the soil. Ploughs were traditionally drawn by working animals such as horses or cattle, but in modern times are drawn by tractors. A plough may be made of wood, iron, or steel frame with an attached blade or stick used to cut the earth. It has been a basic instrument for most of recorded history, although written references to the plough do not appear in English until c. 1100 at which point it is referenced frequently. The plough represents one of the major agricultural inventions in human history.

    The primary purpose of ploughing is to turn over the upper layer of the soil, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface, while burying weeds and the remains of previous crops and allowing them to break down. As the plough is drawn through the soil it creates long trenches of fertile soil called furrows. In modern use, a ploughed field is typically left to dry out, and is then harrowed before planting. Ploughing and cultivating a soil homogenises and modifies the upper 12 to 25 cm of the soil to form a plough layer. In many soils, the majority of fine plant feeder roots can be found in the topsoil or plough layer.

    Ploughs were initially human-powered, but the process became considerably more efficient once animals were pressed into service. The first animal-powered ploughs were undoubtedly pulled by oxen, and later in many areas by horses (generally draft horses) and mules, although various other animals have been used for this purpose. In industrialised countries, the first mechanical means of pulling a plough were steam-powered (ploughing engines or steam tractors), but these were gradually superseded by internal-combustion-powered tractors.

    Modern competitions take place for ploughing enthusiasts like the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland. Use of the plough has decreased in some areas, often those significantly threatened by soil damage and erosion, in favour of shallower ploughing and other less-invasive conservation tillage techniques.

  • Furrow (noun)

    A trench cut in the soil, as when plowed in order to plant a crop.

    “Don’t walk across that deep furrow in the field.”

  • Furrow (noun)

    Any trench, channel, or groove, as in wood or metal.

  • Furrow (noun)

    A deep wrinkle in the skin of the face, especially on the forehead.

    “When she was tired, a deep furrow appeared on her forehead.”

  • Furrow (verb)

    To cut one or more grooves in (the ground, etc.).

    “Cart wheels can furrow roads.”

  • Furrow (verb)

    To wrinkle.

  • Furrow (verb)

    To pull one’s worry, etc.


    “As she read the document intently her brows began to furrow.”

  • Plow (noun)

    alternative spelling of plough

  • Plow (verb)

    alternative spelling of plough


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