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furlong

[fur-lawng, -long]
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noun
  1. a unit of distance, equal to 220 yards (201 meters) or ⅛ mile (0.2 km). Abbreviation: fur.
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Origin of furlong

before 900; Middle English; Old English furlang length of a furrow. See furrow, long1
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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


British Dictionary definitions for furlong

furlong

noun
  1. a unit of length equal to 220 yards (201.168 metres)
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Word Origin

Old English furlang, from furh furrow + lang long 1
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Word Origin and History for furlong

n.

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.

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