furlong


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fur·long

 (fûr′lông′, -lŏng′)
n. Abbr. fur.
A unit for measuring distance, equal to 1/8 mile (201 meters).

[Middle English, from Old English furlang : furh, furrow + lang, long; see long1.]

furlong

(ˈfɜːˌlɒŋ)
n
(Units) a unit of length equal to 220 yards (201.168 metres)
[Old English furlang, from furh furrow + lang long1]

fur•long

(ˈfɜr lɔŋ, -lɒŋ)

n.
a unit of distance equal to 220 yards (201 m) or ? of a mile (0.2 km). Abbr.: fur.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English furlang length of a furrow. See furrow, long1]

furlong

(fur) A unit of length equal to 1⁄8 mile (660 ft).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.furlong - a unit of length equal to 220 yards
linear measure, linear unit - a unit of measurement of length
perch, rod, pole - a linear measure of 16.5 feet
international mile, land mile, mile, stat mi, statute mile, mi - a unit of length equal to 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet; exactly 1609.344 meters
Gunter's chain - a unit of length (22 yards)
Translations

furlong

[ˈfɜːlɒŋ] Nestadio m (octava parte de una milla)

furlong

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References in classic literature ?
We looked down the whole vista, and saw it closed by iron gates, and it could not have been more than a furlong in length.
Ere Mor the Peacock flutters, ere the Monkey People cry, Ere Chil the Kite swoops down a furlong sheer, Through the Jungle very softly flits a shadow and a sigh-- He is Fear, O Little Hunter, he is Fear!
So they went forward until they came to within a furlong of the spot where the Sheriff's companions were waiting for him.
But oh, my dear lord," she cried with a trembling lip, "let me bide with you for one furlong further--or one and a half perhaps.
I walked about a furlong from the shore, to see if I could find any fresh water to drink, which I did, to my great joy; and having drank, and put a little tobacco into my mouth to prevent hunger, I went to the tree, and getting up into it, endeavoured to place myself so that if I should sleep I might not fall.
A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-color, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to clutch at any hapless object within reach.
Not to tell over again his furlongs from spiracle to tail, and the yards he measures about the waist; only think of the gigantic involutions of his intestines, where they lie in him like great cables and hausers coiled away in the subterranean orlop-deck of a line-of-battle-ship.
That the mother and father unknown to one another, were dwelling within so many miles, furlongs, yards if you like, of one another.
By a Law of Nature with us, there is a constant attraction to the South; and, although in temperate climates this is very slight -- so that even a Woman in reasonable health can journey several furlongs northward without much difficulty -- yet the hampering effect of the southward attraction is quite sufficient to serve as a compass in most parts of our earth.
A gentle, breathing swell, three furlongs from trough to barrel, would quietly shoulder up a string of variously painted dories.
Is it a fact that at the weights Bayard could give the other a hundred yards in five furlongs, and that the stable have put their money on him?
But the Truth sits veiled there on the Bench, and never interposes an adamantine syllable; and the most sincere and revolutionary doctrine, put as if the ark of God were carried forward some furlongs, and planted there for the succor of the world, shall in a few weeks be coldly set aside by the same speaker, as morbid; "I thought I was right, but I was not,"--and the same immeasurable credulity demanded for new audacities.