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[fur-lawng, -long] /ˈfɜr lɔŋ, -lɒŋ/
a unit of distance, equal to 220 yards (201 meters) or ⅛ mile (0.2 km).
Abbreviation: fur.
Origin of furlong
before 900; Middle English; Old English furlang length of a furrow. See furrow, long1 Unabridged
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  • And so, with every furlong of the forced journey, he died a fresh death.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • The House of Turriepuffit stood about a furlong from David's cottage.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • At a furlong's distance every wolf stopped and turned round.

  • His house was scarcely a furlong distant, yet he was an hour crawling to it.

  • Nor had he gone a furlong more when just ahead he spied the lions themselves.

    The Story-teller Maud Lindsay
  • For a furlong the advance continued in this laborious fashion.

    The Phantom of the River Edward S. Ellis
  • The prairie-men could tell to a furlong, both the gait and the distance.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • "Success to O'Gwady," faintly echoed furlong, as he sipped his claret.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • "Well, I could not have believed, if I hadn't seen it," said furlong.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
British Dictionary definitions for furlong


a unit of length equal to 220 yards (201.168 metres)
Word Origin
Old English furlang, from furhfurrow + langlong1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for furlong

Old English furlang measure of distance of roughly 220 yards, originally the length of a furrow in the common field of 10 acres, from furh "furrow" + lang "long." The "acre" of the common field being variously measured, the furlong was fixed 9c. on the classical stadium, one-eighth of a Roman mile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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