American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A handbarrow.
- n. A wheelbarrow.
- n. A large mound of earth or stones placed over a burial site.
- n. A pig that has been castrated before reaching sexual maturity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hill or mountain: originally applied to hills or mountains of any height, even the greatest, but later restricted to lower elevations. In this sense the word survives only in provincial use or as a part of local names in England.
- n. A mound; a heap. In particular A mound of earth or stones raised over a grave; a sepulchral mound; a tumulus. Barrows are among the most important monuments of primitive antiquity. They are found in Great Britain and other districts of Europe, and in North America and Asia. They are distinguished, according to their peculiarities of form and construction, as long, broad, bowl, bell, cone, etc., barrows. In the more ancient barrows the bodies are found lying extended on the ground, with implements and weapons of stone or bone beside them. In barrows of later date the implements are of bronze, and sometimes, though rarely, of iron, while the remains are often inclosed in a stone or earthenware cist and doubled up. Where the body was burned the ashes were usually deposited in an urn. Barrow-burial is supposed not to have been abandoned in Great Britain until the eighth century. In England, Wilts and Dorset are the counties in which barrows most abound. Stone barrows in Scotland are called
cairns. The numerous barrows of North America are generally classed along with other ancient earthworks as mounds, or distinguished as burial-mounds.
- n. A burrow or warren. See burrow, berry.
- n. A frame used by two or more men in carrying a load; formerly, any such frame, as a stretcher or bier; specifically, a flat rectangular frame of bars or boards, with projecting shafts or handles (in England called trams) at both ends, by which it is carried: usually called a hand-barrow.
- n. A similar frame, generally used in the form of shallow box with either flaring or upright sides, and supported in front formerly by two wheels, now by a single small wheel inserted between the front shafts, and pushed by one man, who supports the end opposite to the wheel by means of the rear shafts: usually called a wheelbarrow.
- n. A frame or box of larger size, resting on an axle between two large wheels, and pushed or pulled by means of shafts at one end; a hand-cart: as, a costermonger's barrow.
- n. A barrowful; the load carried in or on a barrow.
- n. In salt-works, a wicker case in which the salt is put to drain.
- n. The egg-case of a skate or a ray: so called from its resemblance to a hand-barrow.
- To wheel or convey in a barrow: as, to barrow coal in a pit.
- n. A castrated boar. Also called barrow-pig or barrow-hog.
- n. A wood or grove: a word surviving only in English local names, as Barrow-in-Furness, Barrowfield.
- n. Same as barrow-coat.
- n. obsolete A mountain.
- n. chiefly UK A hill.
- n. A mound of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves.
- n. mining A heap of rubbish, attle, or other such refuse.
- n. A small vehicle used to carry a load and pulled or pushed by hand.
- n. A castrated boar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A support having handles, and with or without a wheel, on which heavy or bulky things can be transported by hand. See handbarrow, and wheelbarrow.
- n. (Salt Works) A wicker case, in which salt is put to drain.
- n. A hog, esp. a male hog castrated.
- n. A large mound of earth or stones over the remains of the dead; a tumulus.
- n. (Mining) A heap of rubbish, attle, etc.
- n. a cart for carrying small loads; has handles and one or more wheels
- n. the quantity that a barrow will hold
- n. (archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs
- From Old English bearg. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English barowe, from Old English *bearwe; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.Middle English bergh, from Old English beorg, beorh, hill, burial site; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.Middle English barow, from Old English bearg. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The barrow is short, with its wheel well placed under the load which may be stacked high.”
“That pig then became a "barrow" - the Floridians pronounced it more like "bear".”
“Indeed there will be life after Labour ... but, Ah! do I long for the day that they are consigned to their rightful place in our society - namely a barrow in the provincial market places, somewhere between the stalls of the SWP and the peddlers of aromatherapy, crystaltherapy and diverse other new-age remedies and accoutrements. phil”
“In the course of their struggle to lift the rock into a wheel-barrow the wheel broke and the barrow was a wreck.”
“He was wheeling a barrow and in the barrow was the Christmas tree.”
“When the barrow was a stone structure, the enclosure was usually a circle of standing stones.”
“An interesting example of the great timber-chambered barrow is that at Jelling in Jutland, known as the barrow of Thyre Danebod, queen of King Gorm the Old, who died about the middle of the 10th century.”
“The man who wheeled the barrow was the world-famous Blondin.”
“In the morning after his breakfast he came to me, and without giving me any breakfast, tied me to a large heavy barrow, which is usually drawn by a horse, and made me drag it to the cotton field for the horse to use in the field.”
“In the barrow was a 6-year-old boy covered by a thin cloth from the waist down.”
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