- a narrow groove made in the ground, especially by a plow.
- a narrow groovelike or trenchlike depression in any surface: the furrows of a wrinkled face.
- to make a furrow or furrows in.
- to make wrinkles in (the face): to furrow one's brow.
- to become furrowed.
Origin of furrow
Related Words for furrowhollow, corrugation, gutter, ridge, ruck, plica, dike, crease, trench, fold, channel, seam, crinkle, line, wrinkle, groove, rut, rabbet, fluting, rimple
Examples from the Web for furrow
Historical Examples of furrow
Planting holes are thus dug in the furrow with the stakes as a center.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
There's the varnish, too, like earth on each side of a furrow.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Oral fossa: in Mallophaga, a furrow lying in front of the mandibles.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
In a furrow the two found a knapsack, and in it biscuit and jerked beef.The Long Roll
When we left the plow in the furrow to follow the bugle's call.Lundy's Lane and Other Poems
Duncan Campbell Scott
- a long narrow trench made in the ground by a plough or a trench resembling this
- any long deep groove, esp a deep wrinkle on the forehead
- to develop or cause to develop furrows or wrinkles
- to make a furrow or furrows in (land)
Word Origin for furrow
Old English furh "furrow, trench," from Proto-Germanic *furkh- (cf. Old Frisian furch "furrow;" Middle Dutch vore, Dutch voor; German Furche "furrow;" Old Norse for "furrow, drainage ditch"), from PIE *perk- (cf. Latin porca "ridge between two furrows," Old Irish -rech, Welsh rhych "furrow"). "Some scholars connect this word with Latin porcus, Eng. FARROW, assigning to the common root the sense 'to root like a swine.' " [OED]
early 15c., "to plow," from furrow (n.). Meaning "to make wrinkles in one's face, brow, etc." is from 1590s. Related: Furrowed; furrowing.
- A rut, groove, or narrow depression.
- A deep wrinkle in the skin, as on the forehead.