American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A farm implement consisting of a heavy frame with sharp teeth or upright disks, used to break up and even off plowed ground.
- v. To break up and level (soil or land) with a harrow.
- v. To inflict great distress or torment on.
- v. Archaic To plunder; sack.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An implement, usually formed of pieces of timber or bars of metal crossing one another and set with iron teeth (also called tines), drawn (usually by one corner) over plowed land to level it and break the clods, and to Cover Seed when sown. A similar implement is drawn by a boat or vessel over oyster-beds to clear them of marine plants and objectionable substances.
- To draw a harrow over; break or tear with a harrow: as, to harrow land or ground.
- To tear or lacerate as if by a harrow; torment; harass.
- To ravage; despoil; vex: same as harry.
- Help! hallo! hello! an exclamation of sudden distress, of lamentation, or of indignation or surprise: used by heralds to attract attention.
- n. Disturbance; cry; uproar.
- n. A barrow-like military formation; also, that assumed by flying flocks of wild geese.
- n. A device consisting of a heavy framework having several disks or teeth in a row, which is dragged across ploughed land to smooth or break up the soil, to remove weeds or cover seeds; a harrow plow.
- v. To drag a harrow over; to break up with a harrow.
- v. To traumatize or disturb; to frighten or torment.
- interj. obsolete A call for help, or of distress, alarm etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An implement of agriculture, usually formed of pieces of timber or metal crossing each other, and set with iron or wooden teeth. It is drawn over plowed land to level it and break the clods, to stir the soil and make it fine, or to cover seed when sown.
- n. (Mil.) An obstacle formed by turning an ordinary harrow upside down, the frame being buried.
- v. To draw a harrow over, as for the purpose of breaking clods and leveling the surface, or for covering seed.
- v. To break or tear, as with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate; to torment or distress; to vex.
- interj. Help! Halloo! An exclamation of distress; a call for succor; -- the ancient Norman hue and cry.
- v. obsolete To pillage; to harry; to oppress.
- n. a cultivator that pulverizes or smooths the soil
- v. draw a harrow over (land)
- From Old French haro, harou, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English harwe.Middle English herwen, variant of harien; see harry. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I once rented a house with that, and a lot more from the mid to late sixties on the record shelves; a couscoussier in the kitchen; a Moroccan threshing sledge, which I've also seen described as a 'harrow', and a half skeleton in a nicely made wooden box, with an address opposite the Br*tish Museum stamped on the lid, in the sitting room.”
“There was a kind of harrow that took one straight back to the later Stone Age.”
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