from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A unit for measuring distance, equal to 1/8 mile (201 meters).
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A measure of length equal to the eighth part of a mile, 40 rods, poles, or perches, 220 yards, or 201.17 meters.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A measure of length; the eighth part of a mile; forty rods; two hundred and twenty yards.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
unitof lengthequal to 220 yardsor exactly 201.168 meters, now only used in measuring distances in horse-racing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a unit of length equal to 220 yards
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The length of the acre, forty rods, has given rise to one of the familiar units of length, the furlong, that is, a "furrow-long," or the length of a furrow.
It may be that the position of her uncle's house (which was her home) at the corner of West Street nearest the barracks, the daily passing of the troops, the constant blowing of trumpet-calls a furlong from her windows, coupled with the fact that she knew nothing of the inner realities of military life, and hence idealized it, had also helped her mind's original bias for thinking men-at-arms the only ones worthy of a woman's heart.
Most importantly, in the very near future, you'll be watching races from Del Mar and Turfway Park and throwing around words like "furlong" and betting trifectas and superfectas.
a pound than to make the kingdom larger by calling a furlong a mile.
The Larry Jones-trained son of A.P. Indy had a spectacular five-furlong workout (58.40) over the Pimlico track on Tuesday and appears to have come out of the Derby in good shape.
There is a 6 furlong sprint on the undercard that the first quarter will be blazed in less than 22 seconds.
Is Miracle Day finally coming into its own as it approaches its final furlong?
Rheingold was narrowly beaten in the Derby by Roberto, given an especially forceful ride by Lester Piggott, while Hawaiian Sound might have held off Shirley Heights in 1978 if he had not drifted away from the rail in the final furlong.
Super Saver had a quiet Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs, walking around the barn after turning in a strong three-furlong workout Monday in 36.60 seconds.
Out back, horses might be working out in their pool, or on a nine-furlong track.