fur·​row | \ ˈfər-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce furrow (audio) , ˈfə-(ˌ)rō \

Definition of furrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a trench in the earth made by a plow
b : plowed land : field
2 : something that resembles the track of a plow: such as
a : a marked narrow depression : groove tracing a fingernail along a furrow in the corduroy of her housecoat— Douglass Wallop
b : a deep wrinkle furrows in his brow


furrowed; furrowing; furrows

Definition of furrow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make furrows, grooves, wrinkles, or lines in

intransitive verb

: to make or form furrows, grooves, wrinkles, or lines

Synonyms for furrow

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of furrow in a Sentence

Noun We plowed furrows in the field. When he frowns a deep furrow forms in his brow. Verb His forehead furrows when he frowns. we had to furrow the field before we could plant the wheat
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But in nearby Severodonetsk, workers brought a fresh batch of corpses in body bags to the southern edge of the city, even as a bulldozer dug out a fresh furrow in the expanding cemetery. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Stage three required more silicone cheeks, chin, neck, back of neck, lips and stretch and stipple to age around her eyes, forehead and furrow. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 16 Mar. 2022 British company Pavegen has been ploughing a similar furrow, also applying its technology to public spaces like sidewalks, transport hubs, retail outlets and educational establishments. Eamonn Forde, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The vast majority plow the same furrow for their whole careers, evolving the details of their positions but rarely flipping them. Julian Baggini, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2021 Legend holds that Romulus, the mythological founder of Rome, created the city’s first pomerium by plowing a furrow in the eighth century B.C.E. Romulus supposedly killed his twin brother, Remus, after Remus jumped over the perimeter in jest. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 Since her poignant pen-and-ink microhistories in the New York Times’ Op-Art section, Redniss has plowed a furrow between word and text, facts and fantasy, that, for lack of a better term, might be called visual nonfiction. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 23 July 2021 The furrow leads back and forth through fields of sesame, cowpeas, kidney beans, pulses. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, 4 Nov. 2020 But, with Britain about to leave Europe, the tap will soon be turned off and the farm will have to plough its own furrow. David Mcclure, Town & Country, 19 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Maybe Coke thinks that scrutinizing gamers will furrow their eyebrows at inauthentic branding attempts, or respond with links to the company's dubious practices regarding nutritional research and science. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 30 Apr. 2022 His eyebrows furrow in a pensive formation when the question turns to the topic of his status with the United States men’s national team on the path to qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Emily Olsen, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2022 That’s not what causing Fukunaga’s brow to furrow at the moment, however. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2021 Now, furrow your forehead and sigh in disappointment at the recognition that this culture of ours still fails to either value the work of women or recognize our capacities beyond the possession of a womb and a faculty for baking. Liz Elting, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Seconds later, Bourgeois peered up toward the glass dividing him from the media and other witnesses in adjoining rooms, and then appeared to grimace and furrow his eyebrow. Michael Tarm, chicagotribune.com, 11 Dec. 2020 Neither of which means anything to the horrific new engine, which affects the Suburban in strange and scary ways, ways that furrow the brows and tighten the lips of any upstanding suburbanite. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, 25 May 2020 Sheeran continues as the prince’s brow furrows deeper. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2019 Somewhere at this very moment—in Cambridge or Oxford, or New Haven, or Princeton—an undergraduate is furrowing his brow about what the Democratic Party should do in 2020. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 30 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of furrow


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for furrow

Noun and Verb

Middle English furgh, forow, from Old English furh; akin to Old High German furuh furrow, Latin porca

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30 Apr 2022

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fur·​row | \ ˈfər-ō How to pronounce furrow (audio) \

Kids Definition of furrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a trench made by or as if by a plow
2 : a narrow groove : wrinkle


furrowed; furrowing

Kids Definition of furrow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make wrinkles or grooves in He furrowed his brow.


fur·​row | \ ˈfər-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w); ˈfə-(ˌ)rō, -rə(-w) How to pronounce furrow (audio) \

Medical Definition of furrow

1 : a marked narrow depression or groove
2 : a deep wrinkle

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