American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long, narrow, shallow trench made in the ground by a plow.
- n. A rut, groove, or narrow depression: snow drifting in furrows.
- n. A deep wrinkle in the skin, as on the forehead.
- v. To make long, narrow, shallow trenches in; plow.
- v. To form grooves or deep wrinkles in.
- v. To become furrowed or wrinkled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A trench in the earth, especially that made by a plow.
- n. A narrow trench or channel, as in wood or metal, or in a millstone; a groove; a wrinkle.
- n. Specifically In zoology, a sulcus or wide groove, generally rounded at the bottom, and extending longitudinally on the animal or part; one of the spaces between costal or longitudinal ridges.
- To cut a furrow in; make furrows in; plow.
- To make narrow channels or grooves in; mark with or as with wrinkles.
- n. A trench cut in the soil, as when plowed in order to plant a crop.
- n. A deep wrinkle in the skin of the face, especially on someone's forehead.
- v. transitive To make (a) groove, a cut(s) in (the ground etc.).
- v. transitive To wrinkle
- v. transitive To pull one's brows or eyebrows together due to worry, concentration etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A trench in the earth made by, or as by, a plow.
- n. Any trench, channel, or groove, as in wood or metal; a wrinkle on the face.
- v. To cut a furrow in; to make furrows in; to plow.
- v. To mark with channels or with wrinkles.
- From Middle English furgh, forow, from Old English furh, from Proto-Germanic *furhō (cf. East Frisian fuurge, Dutch vore, German Furche, Swedish fåra), from Proto-Indo-European *pork̑os (cf. Welsh rhych ‘furrow’, Latin porca ‘lynchet’, Lithuanian prapar̃šas ‘ditch’, Sanskrit párśānas ‘chasm’). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English forwe, from Old English furh. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The furrow is then filled in, so that the seeds may be covered to the same depth as their own thickness; and the earth is slightly pressed down, and afterwards raked over.”
“Sam was hitched on the right, the so-called furrow horse, charged with walking in the soft dirt of his newly dug ditch, keeping a straight line.”
“At the end of the furrow was the land that had not been claimed from the forest-forest that held so many dangers that sending him out here might just as well have been a death sentence.”
“Now for the manner of sowing your Pease, you shall sow them aboue furrow, that is, first plough the land vpward, then immediately sow your”
“On the under surface of the vaginal process is a furrow, which is converted into a canal by the sphenoidal process of the palatine bone, for the transmission of the pharyngeal branch of the internal maxillary artery and the pharyngeal nerve from the sphenopalatine ganglion.”
“The man who treads the furrow is a greater factor than nitrogen or potash.”
“In the middle range, where the tongue or the larynx might be too high or too low, the furrow, which is of so much importance, is formed, in order to lead the vocalized breath first against the front of the palate beneath the nose, then slowly along the nose and behind it.”
“The shrinking of the last part to become solid is further shown by the collapse of the surface of the ingot where weakest; that is, a furrow is formed on the flat surface.”
“Having chosen the most important task, attack that, and when you have once laid hold of the plough, drive straight ahead, not allowing the sight of another furrow, which is not just straight, to induce you to stop midway to straighten it before you have finished the one upon which your energies should now be bent.”
“Using gravity, the furrow, which is several hundred metres long, runs over a "bridge" across the river before emptying its load into a pipe.”
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