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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The furrow leads back and forth through fields of sesame, cowpeas, kidney beans, pulses. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller walking the world stumbles across a 2,000-year-old civilization along a fabled river," 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, "The High Cost of Queen Elizabeth’s Country Homes," 19 Sep. 2020 Instead of rototilling, make seed-size holes with a pencil or drag a stick down a bed to make inch-wide furrows for planting in rows. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Did moose snack on your trees over the winter? Here’s what to do now.," 7 May 2020 Along the crooked journey, Seehorn has turned in magnetic and nuanced performances, secrets revealed and questions posed in the slightest crease of a smile or tiniest quiver of concerned brow-furrow. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Better Call Saul star Rhea Seehorn breaks down Kim's stunning moves — and that final scene," 14 Apr. 2020 In other words, without secrets life is burden-work and business, furrow, yoke, plow—sterile and fruitless. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "To Dream of a Jewish President," 13 Feb. 2020 Miscast not in the slightest, Ohio State won, 56-14, plowing a furrow through the Nebraska Cornhuskers that dwarfed anything by pioneers busting up the prairie sod. cleveland, "Ohio State is no David heading into college football playoffs: Bill Livingston," 27 Dec. 2019 But according to the study, once one large fracture appeared, the ice pressure was relieved, suppressing the creation of another furrow on the opposing pole. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "How Enceladus got its water-spewing tiger stripes," 13 Nov. 2019 Aesthetics is yet another value that indigenous farmers cherish, cultivating certain landraces simply for their beautiful colors or patterns: gold, brown, purple and black furrows on yellow hulls, purple apexes, black awns, and so on. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "U.S. executes 2nd federal inmate in two days at Indiana prison, latest in rare series of lame-duck executions," 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, "Tested: Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Builds a 1994 GMC Suburban That Hits 60 In 4.6 Seconds," 25 May 2020 Sheeran continues as the prince’s brow furrows deeper. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry (almost) unite as gingers for World Mental Health Day," 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, "Pete Buttigieg Is Still Fighting the Last War," 30 Oct. 2019 Hancock sat with his brows furrowed, nervously fidgeting in his chair, as prosecutors and defense attorneys made their closing arguments Tuesday afternoon, the second day of the second week of his trial in Denver District Court. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Jury to deliberate on whether Denver Uber driver should be convicted of murder or acted in self-defense," 8 Oct. 2019 Bailey walked into Oakland with a 4.80 ERA that furrowed some brows. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics blow a 4-0 lead in bullpen meltdown," 6 Sep. 2019 Apply the excess onto your 11’s [the brow furrow lines] and along the brow bone. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Skin-Care Secrets You Need to Try for Yourself," 3 Sep. 2019 What was there was not there, disappearing in the fold, furrowing the field. L. S. Asekoff, Harper's magazine, "Sundowner," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of furrow was before the 12th century

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“Furrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furrow. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of furrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long and narrow cut in the ground
: a narrow line or wrinkle in the skin of a person's face



English Language Learners Definition of furrow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make furrows in (something)


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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