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Meaning of HARROW

Pronunciation:  'harow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cultivator that pulverizes or smoothes the soil
  2. [v]  draw a harrow over (land)

HARROW is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: disk
 See Also: cultivator, disc harrow, disk harrow, plough, plow, tiller, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Har"row\ (h[a^]r"r[-o]), n. [OE. harowe, harwe, AS.
    hearge; cf. D. hark rake, G. harke, Icel. herfi harrow, Dan.
    harve, Sw. harf. [root]16.]
    1. An implement of agriculture, usually formed of pieces of
       timber or metal crossing each other, and set with iron or
       wooden teeth. It is drawn over plowed land to level it and
       break the clods, to stir the soil and make it fine, or to
       cover seed when sown.
    2. (Mil.) An obstacle formed by turning an ordinary harrow
       upside down, the frame being buried.
    {Bush harrow}, a kind of light harrow made of bushes, for
       harrowing grass lands and covering seeds, or to finish the
       work of a toothed harrow.
    {Drill harrow}. See under 6th {Drill}.
    {Under the harrow}, subjected to actual torture with a
       toothed instrument, or to great affliction or oppression.
  2. \Har"row\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Harrowed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Harrowing}.] [OE. harowen, harwen; cf. Dan. harve. See
    {Harrow}, n.]
    1. To draw a harrow over, as for the purpose of breaking
       clods and leveling the surface, or for covering seed; as,
       to harrow land.
             Will he harrow the valleys after thee? --Job xxxix.
    2. To break or tear, as with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate;
       to torment or distress; to vex.
             My aged muscles harrowed up with whips. --Rowe.
             I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word Would
             harrow up thy soul.                   --Shak.
  3. \Har"row\, interj. [OF. harau, haro; fr. OHG. hara, hera,
    herot, or fr. OS. herod hither, akin to E. here.]
    Help! Halloo! An exclamation of distress; a call for
    succor;-the ancient Norman hue and cry. ``Harrow and well
    away!'' --Spenser.
          Harrow! alas! here lies my fellow slain. --Chaucer.
  4. \Har"row\, v. t. [See {Harry}.]
    To pillage; to harry; to oppress. [Obs.] --Spenser.
          Meaning thereby to harrow his people.    --Bacon
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. harits), a tribulum or sharp threshing sledge; a frame armed on the under side with rollers or sharp spikes (2 Sam. 12:31; 1 Chr. 20:3).

Heb. verb _sadad_, to harrow a field, break its clods (Job 39:10; Isa. 28:4; Hos. 10: 11). Its form is unknown. It may have resembled the instrument still in use in Egypt.

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