Definition of plowshare in English:


(British ploughshare)


  • The main cutting blade of a plow, behind the coulter.

    • ‘Each day I must yoke the oxen and fasten the ploughshare to the plough.’
    • ‘They made tools, ploughshares, chariots, chain armour, and many more strong and serviceable implements.’
    • ‘The Shearer brothers produced cast-iron ploughshares and from 1888 onwards wrought steel ploughshares.’
    • ‘Though they supplied handicraft products essential to the country and society, including ploughshares and spear heads, as well as pots and cloth of all kinds, they tended to be despised by the rest of the population.’
    • ‘Heavier plows with wheels, horizontal plowshares, and a moldboard were invented, which cut down on manual labor.’
    • ‘‘We need ploughshares and seeds not bombs and martyrs,’ he insisted.’


Late Middle English: from plowgh, an earlier spelling of plow + Old English scær, scear plowshare (related to shear).