- a unit of distance, equal to 220 yards (201 meters) or ⅛ mile (0.2 km). Abbreviation: fur.
Origin of furlong
Examples from the Web for furlong
Contemporary Examples of furlong
But Furlong became legally emancipated that same year, at the age of 16.The John Connor Curse: Nick Stahl, Edward Furlong and Christian Bale
May 18, 2012
Historical Examples of furlong
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
At a furlong's distance every wolf stopped and turned round.Chatterbox, 1905.
His house was scarcely a furlong distant, yet he was an hour crawling to it.Put Yourself in His Place
Nor had he gone a furlong more when just ahead he spied the lions themselves.The Story-teller
- a unit of length equal to 220 yards (201.168 metres)
Word Origin 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.