from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces.
- n. A usually temporary layoff from work.
- n. A leave of absence from prison granted to a prisoner.
- n. The papers or documents authorizing a leave: The soldiers had their furloughs in their breast pockets.
- transitive v. To grant a leave to.
- transitive v. To lay off (workers).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A leave of absence or vacation.
- v. To grant a furlough to (someone).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Leave of absence; especially, leave given to an officer or soldier to be absent from service for a certain time; also, the document granting leave of absence.
- transitive v. To furnish with a furlough; to grant leave of absence to, as to an officer or soldier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Leave of absence; especially, in military use, leave or license given by a commanding officer to an officer or a soldier to be absent from service for a certain time.
- To furnish with a furlough; grant leave of absence to, as a soldier.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grant a leave to
- n. a temporary leave of absence from military duty
- v. dismiss, usually for economic reasons
It`s just so strange, that the government forgets to add those "without pay" words after they use the word furlough though, isn`t it?
Once, the term furlough conjured an image of a sailor on the town or a model prisoner rewarded with a visit home.
A furlough is no kind of solution to the problems that Maryland and other cash-strapped states are facing.
The "tax cut for everyone making less than 250K" doesn't amount to a hill of beans if you are un-employed and have no income and for folks like me it doesn't cover the salary lost to furloughs (though furlough is better than the alternative).
States, taking a furlough from the grim Arctic battle.
When the First World War began, Sautter requested a furlough from the World's Committee to work with French soldiers (he maintained close contact with the World's Committee during his absence).
What about a furlough from the slammer on work release?
The youngest of four children born to a Jewish pawnbroker and his wife, Maxine Kumin studied history and literature at Radcliffe, where, in 1945, she met Victor Kumin, a Harvard graduate on furlough from the Army.
Lukyanchenko doesn't use the word furlough, instead noting that the workers will be doing "other, similar work."
It's not quite a true "furlough" - reported throughout the media Tuesday - that usually means a temporary layoff until the work comes back.