What is the difference between Plough and Tractor?

The difference between plough and tractor

is that "plough" is a device pulled through the ground in order to break it open into furrows for planting and "tractor" is a vehicle used in farms e.g. for pulling farm equipment and preparing the fields.




  • A device pulled through the ground in order to break it open into furrows for planting.
  • The use of a plough; tillage.
  • Alternative form of Plough (Synonym of Ursa Major)
  • Alternative form of ploughland, an alternative name for a carucate or hide.
  • A joiner’s plane for making grooves.
  • A bookbinder’s implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books.


  • (device): sull, zowl (English dialects)
  • (unit of area): See carucate


  • (unit of area): See carucate


  • (device): ard, light plough, scratch plough; carruca, heavy plough, mouldboard plough, turnplough
  • (unit of area): See carucate


  • The horse-drawn plough had a tremendous impact on agriculture.
  • If you get it early ploughed and it lies all winter possibly, you find it an advantage to give it a second plough; but it does not invariably follow that we plough twice for our green crop.
  • Rising in the north-east fairly high in the sky, Arcturus may be found by following round the curve of the plough.
  • To many generations of rice farmers in rural Java, Indonesia, it was not the stars of Ursa Major that formed the plough, but the stars of Orion.
  • Across the Atlantic, what we call the Big Dipper has been called many other names. In England, this grouping of stars is seen as the plough.
  • Consider the Big Dipper, or as it is also known, the plough or the wagon.
  • Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five.


  • (transitive) To use a plough on to prepare for planting.
  • (intransitive) To use a plough.
  • To move with force.
  • To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in.
  • (nautical) To run through, as in sailing.
  • (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.


  • (make furrows): chamfer, groove, rut
  • (fail a student): flunk


  • I’ve still got to plough that field.
  • Some days I have to plough from sunrise to sunset.
  • Trucks plowed through the water to ferry flood victims to safety.
  • Wolves continued to plough forward as young Belgian midfielder Mujangi Bia and Ronald Zubar both hit shots wide from good positions.
  • Let patient Octavia plough thy visage up / With her prepared nails.
  • With speed we plough the watery way.
  • The good Professor scolded, predicted that they would all be either gulfed or ploughed.
  • You see, Miss Dodd, an university examination consists of several items: neglect but one, and Crichton himself would be ploughed; because brilliancy in your other papers is not allowed to count; that is how the most distinguished man of our day got ploughed for Smalls.
  • I knew one of that lot at Corpus; in fact, we were crammed by the same tutor for “smalls,” and both got ploughed.


  • (agriculture) A vehicle used in farms e.g. for pulling farm equipment and preparing the fields.
  • (US) A truck (or lorry) for pulling a semi-trailer or trailer.
  • Any piece of machinery that pulls something.
  • (aviation) An airplane where the propeller is located in front of the fuselage
  • (Britain, rail transportation) A British Rail Class 37 locomotive.
  • (archaic) A metal rod used in tractoration, or Perkinism.

Related terms

  • single-axle tractor
  • traction
  • tractor beam
  • tractor out
  • tractor pull
  • tractor-trailer
  • tractor unit
  • two-wheel tractor
  • walking tractor


  • On the other hand the EE type 3’s have offered in a 1750 hp package, probably the most successful loco BR bought. As any crew will tell you a tractor will pull anything anywhere, and yet at the same time they were nippy enough for use on the Anglian mainlines for 20 years.
  • With a recent email from Mike Tetlow, I found out that there were two other 37s [37252 and 37031] present that day, also shuttling between Cambridge and Kings Lynn. As you correctly observe, the pic of little me shows that I am in a Dutch liveried tractor.
  • EWS are also denying any rumours of tractors going to Spain, then again they denyed the rumours of tractors going to France until the contract was signed!


  • (transitive, agriculture) To prepare (land) with a tractor.
  • (transitive, science fiction) To move with a tractor beam.
  • (transitive, medicine, archaic) To treat by means of tractoration, or Perkinism.