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[wind-roh, win-] /ˈwɪndˌroʊ, ˈwɪn-/
a row or line of hay raked together to dry before being raked into heaps.
any similar row, as of sheaves of grain, made for the purpose of drying.
a row of dry leaves, dust, etc., swept together by the wind.
verb (used with object)
to arrange in a windrow.
Origin of windrow
First recorded in 1515-25; wind1 + row1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When completed it appeared like a windrow of freshly raked shrubs.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • On the hay-slews we had to prime the rake with old hay 'fore we could make a windrow.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • It should be cut just as it is coming into flower, and should be cured in the windrow.

    The Fat of the Land John Williams Streeter
  • Mark and Mr. Royden threw on the remainder of the windrow, making a large, unshapely load.

    Father Brighthopes John Townsend Trowbridge
  • Now and then the gray squirrel came down from a tree and ran over the windrow.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The long stay in the windrow served Robert well, more than atoning for the drain made upon his strength by their rapid flight.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Rake and press combined would be preferable, but would not object to its taking the hay in the windrow.

  • The windrow led two or three miles to the northeast, and he walked all the way on the trunks, slipping lightly from tree to tree.

    The Eyes of the Woods

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Soon they were gone and the forester and the two boys headed up the run toward the little camp by the windrow.

  • They turned at last from this windrow of trees, and presently entered a little prairie, where there was nothing to obstruct them.

    The Riflemen of the Ohio

    Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for windrow


/ˈwɪndˌrəʊ; ˈwɪnˌrəʊ/
a long low ridge or line of hay or a similar crop, designed to achieve the best conditions for drying or curing
a line of leaves, snow, dust, etc, swept together by the wind
(transitive) to put (hay or a similar crop) into windrows
Derived Forms
windrower, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for windrow

1520s, from wind (n.1) + row (n.). Because it is exposed to the wind for drying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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