an agricultural implement with spikelike teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc.
to draw a harrow over (land).
to disturb keenly or painfully; distress the mind, feelings, etc., of.
to become broken up by harrowing, as soil.
- har·row·er, noun
Other definitions for harrow (2 of 3)
to ravish; violate; despoil.
(of Christ) to descend into (hell) to free the righteous held captive.
- har·row·ment, noun
Other definitions for Harrow (3 of 3)
a borough of Greater London, in SE England.
a boarding school for boys, founded in 1571 at Harrow-on-the-Hill, an urban district near London, England.
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How to use harrow in a sentence
We have quite a few people who want to know about harrow calling Gideon Griddle and where that nickname came from.
Because harrow when she’s thinking of herself is not how she talks.
I think one thing that helped in my crazy attempt to do an Italo Calvino is that harrow does not give that much of herself in book one.
In between, the soil was all harrowed and upturned into great cusps as though many swine had been rooting there for mast.The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb
With his harrowed face, his unwelcome caresses, his unanswerable prayers for a little love, he ceased to be tragic.What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
Harrowed by the multiplex difficulties surrounding an intrigue, Persis was kept waiting at the door a long time in the cold.What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
Mel knowed; a state of puzzlement or even a good mad's a mighty sight better than bein' all harrowed up and grief-stricken.In the Arena | Booth Tarkington
Who like the poor are harrowed with oppression, ever subject to the imperious taxes, and the gripes of mightiness?
British Dictionary definitions for harrow (1 of 3)
any of various implements used to level the ground, stir the soil, break up clods, destroy weeds, etc, in soil
(tr) to draw a harrow over (land)
(intr) (of soil) to become broken up through harrowing
(tr) to distress; vex
- harrower, noun
- harrowing, adjective, noun
British Dictionary definitions for harrow (2 of 3)
to plunder or ravish
(of Christ) to descend into (hell) to rescue righteous souls
- harrowment, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Harrow (3 of 3)
a borough of NW Greater London; site of an English boys' public school founded in 1571 at Harrow-on-the-Hill, a part of this borough. Pop: 210 700 (2003 est). Area: 51 sq km (20 sq miles)
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