(Plot"ter) n. One who plots or schemes; a contriver; a conspirator; a schemer. Dryden.
(Plough) n. & v. See Plow.
(Plov"er) n. [OF. plovier, F. pluvier, prop., the rain bird, fr. LL. (assumed) pluviarius, fr. L. pluvia
rain, from pluere to rain; akin to E. float, G. fliessen to flow. See Float.]
1. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds belonging to the family Charadridæ, and especially
those belonging to the subfamily Charadrinsæ. They are prized as game birds.
2. (Zoöl.) Any grallatorial bird allied to, or resembling, the true plovers, as the crab plover (Dromas ardeola); the
American upland, plover (Bartramia longicauda); and other species of sandpipers.
Among the more important species are the blackbellied, or blackbreasted, plover (Charadrius squatarola)
of America and Europe; called also gray plover, bull-head plover, Swiss plover, sea plover, and
oxeye; the golden plover (see under Golden); the ring or ringed plover See Ringneck. The piping
plover (Ægialitis meloda); Wilson's plover (Æ. Wilsonia); the mountain plover (Æ. montana); and the semipalmated
plover are all small American species.
Bastard plover (Zoöl.), the lapwing. Long-legged, or yellow- legged, plover. See Tattler.
Plover's page, the dunlin. [Prov. Eng.] Rock plover, or Stone plover, the black-bellied plover.
[Prov. Eng.] Whistling plover. (a) The golden plover. (b) The black-bellied plover.
(Plow, Plough) n. [OE. plouh, plou, AS. ploh; akin to D. ploeg, G. pflug, OHG. pfluog, pfluoh,
Icel. plogr, Sw. plog, Dan. ploug, plov, Russ. plug', Lith. plugas.]
1. A well-known implement, drawn by horses, mules, oxen, or other power, for turning up the soil to
prepare it for bearing crops; also used to furrow or break up the soil for other purposes; as, the subsoil
plow; the draining plow.
Where fern succeeds ungrateful to the plow.Dryden.
2. Fig.: Agriculture; husbandry. Johnson.
3. A carucate of land; a plowland. [Obs.] [Eng.]
Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five.Tale of Gamelyn.
4. A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane.
5. (Bookbinding) An implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books.
6. (Astron.) Same as Charles's Wain.
Ice plow, a plow used for cutting ice on rivers, ponds, etc., into cakes suitable for storing. [U. S.]
Mackerel plow. See under Mackerel. - - Plow alms, a penny formerly paid by every plowland to
the church. Cowell. Plow beam, that part of the frame of a plow to which the draught is applied.
See Beam, n., 9. Plow Monday, the Monday after Twelth Day, or the end of Christmas holidays.
Plow staff. (a) A kind of long-handled spade or paddle for cleaning the plowshare; a paddle staff.
(b) A plow handle. Snow plow, a structure, usually &LAMBDA-shaped, for removing snow from
sidewalks, railroads, etc., drawn or driven by a horse or a locomotive.
(Plow, Plough), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plowed (ploud) or Ploughed; p. pr. & vb. n. Plowing or