wind·​row | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌrō How to pronounce windrow (audio) \
plural windrows

Definition of windrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a row of hay raked up to dry before being baled or stored This allows the rake to merge hay into one windrow or, individually turn or make two windrows as conditions require.Farming
b : a similar row of cut vegetation (such as grain) for drying The combine moves down the windrows, separating the grain from the stalks.— Steve Taylor
2 : a row heaped up by or as if by the wind Windrows—long formations of floating objects shaped by winds and currents—are well known to sailors and oceanographers and are common in both oceans and lakes.— Ron Larson
3a : a long low ridge of material (such as snow or road-making material) scraped to the side of a road There is a proven and commercially available solution to the problem of snow windrows, or snow ridges, blocking driveways.— Bob Gaunt
b : bank, ridge, heap


windrowed; windrowing; windrows

Definition of windrow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to form (something, such as hay) into a windrow

Examples of windrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s a lot to be said for not tuning in to the past or future for stretches of time, for dwelling only in the flank, the windrow, or the footfall – whatever the moment presents. Sue Wonder, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Apr. 2021 A giant machine called a windrow turner will churn the rows periodically, allowing proper composting to take place. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of windrow


circa 1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1729, in the meaning defined above

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“Windrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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