Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A narrow slice of earth turned up by the plow.
“He constructed an immense plow, worked by 12 or 16 horses, by means of which a furrow-slice, 16 inches in depth, was turned out; and, by a modification of the plow, a second slice was removed, to the depth, in all, of two feet.”
“The device for using two disks to turn a single furrow-slice rests upon”
“Every inch of the soil should be stirred to a certain depth, and that requires a plow so set that it does not turn a furrow-slice much wider than the point can cut.”
“Its use in plowing for all crops is more general than it should be, the gain in pulverization of the furrow-slice, due to the curve, and the neatness in appearance of the plowed land, inducing its use.”
“If the plowing is good in character, leaving the furrow-slice partly on edge, and permitting the harrow to mix part of the turf and the manure with the remainder of the soil, the best conditions respecting moisture are secured.”
“And all the time, he was barefooted, ill-clad and dreamed his dreams to the accompaniment of the growl of the plow cutting the roots under the brown furrow-slice, or the wooshing of the milk in the pail.”
“It is desired to plough each of these cuts in such manner as to throw every furrow-slice from the outsides, and towards the centre.”
“But it is much more common, and far worse, to let the ditch banks remain to raise the margins -- and further, to add to them by the subsequent ploughing, (if flush,) being so ordered that every furrow-slice, cut near to the ditch, is turned towards its banks.”
“And the outside furrow-slice, or earth of the dimensions stated, will be removed entirely and permanently from its former position, -- and its equivalent quantity distributed over the interior or central space of the cut.”
“As each furrow-slice removed is replaced by another, there will be but very little (and unappreciable) effect in altering the general level of each cut.”
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