harrow

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[ har-oh ]
/ ˈhær oʊ /
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noun

an agricultural implement with spikelike teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc.

verb (used with object)

to draw a harrow over (land).
to disturb keenly or painfully; distress the mind, feelings, etc., of.

verb (used without object)

to become broken up by harrowing, as soil.

Origin of harrow

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1250–1300; Middle English harwe; akin to Old Norse herfi harrow, Dutch hark rake, Greek krṓpion sickle
Related formshar·row·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for harrower (1 of 3)

harrow

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/ (ˈhærəʊ) /

noun

any of various implements used to level the ground, stir the soil, break up clods, destroy weeds, etc, in soil

verb

(tr) to draw a harrow over (land)
(intr) (of soil) to become broken up through harrowing
(tr) to distress; vex
Derived Formsharrower, nounharrowing, adjective, noun

Word Origin for harrow

C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish harv, Swedish harf; related to Middle Dutch harke rake

British Dictionary definitions for harrower (2 of 3)

harrow

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/ (ˈhærəʊ) /

verb (tr) archaic

to plunder or ravish
(of Christ) to descend into (hell) to rescue righteous souls
Derived Formsharrowment, noun

Word Origin for harrow

C13: variant of Old English hergian to harry

British Dictionary definitions for harrower (3 of 3)

Harrow

/ (ˈhærəʊ) /

noun

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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