from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A row, as of leaves or snow, heaped up by the wind.
  • n. A long row of cut hay or grain left to dry in a field before being bundled.
  • transitive v. To shape or arrange into a windrow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A row of cut grain or hay allowed to dry in a field
  • n. A line of leaves etc heaped up by the wind
  • n. A similar streak of seaweed etc on the surface of the sea formed by Langmuir circulation
  • v. To arrange (e.g. new-made hay) in lines or windrows.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A row or line of hay raked together for the purpose of being rolled into cocks or heaps.
  • n. Sheaves of grain set up in a row, one against another, that the wind may blow between them.
  • n. The green border of a field, dug up in order to carry the earth on other land to mend it.
  • transitive v. To arrange in lines or windrows, as hay when newly made.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Specifically To cut (sugarcane) before it is quite ripe and lay (it) in rows in the furrows. This is done to prevent the sap from running back into the roots or being otherwise spoiled by the action of frost.
  • To rake or put into the form of a windrow.
  • n. A row or line of hay raked together for the purpose of being rolled into cocks or heaps; also, sheaves of corn set up in a row one against another in order that the wind may blow between them.
  • n. A row of peats set up for drying; a row of pieces of turf, sod, or sward cut in paring and burning.
  • n. Any similar row or formation; an extended heap, as of dust thrown up by the wind.
  • n. The green border of a field, dug up in order to carry the earth to other land to mend it: so called because laid in rows and exposed to the wind.


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  • Nothing could have saved them had it not been that, just at the most critical moment, they reached a "windrow," a strip of ground upon which a storm had hurled down the trunks of trees in wild confusion.

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  • Once a proper site is located, and the permit is acquired, it is time to begin the compost pile ( "windrow"). News

  • "windrow" of dead men in blue; some doubled up face downward, others with their white faces upturned to the sky, brave boys who had been shot to death in "holding the line."

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  • "windrow" it's called - smack dab down the center of the road.

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  • The curb cuts don't get cleared properly, the ploughs leave a three-foot high windrow covering the sidewalks...

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  • Even though the windrow is left by the City, and it's like iron after it settles for more than a minute or two.

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  • Then we go over the hay with this little tractor (my favorite) and an implement called a rake. (this photo doesn't show the rake) It goes down between two windrows that the swather makes and turns the hay over into the center, making a larger windrow.

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  • Sickly yellow leaves in a windrow with dried wings of box-elder seeds and snags of wool from the cotton - woods.

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  • Anyway, raked the lawn this afternoon, not the definitive and final raking of the year because there are still leaves up there in the tree waiting, but most of the stuff is down and raked into a windrow along the side fence.

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  • When the tide rose, “there was a windrow of tea from Boston all the way to Dorchester.”

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  • What a lovely word. :-)

    July 29, 2008

  • ...the desolate shiftings of the windrowed snows of prairies...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 42

    July 25, 2008

  • Here we were living on the very windrow of existence, under conditions so poverty stricken and abject in the eyes of the world they were actually condemned in the newspapers, or by the Board of Health...

    - Malcolm Lowry, The Forest Path to the Spring

    July 13, 2008