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1. A linear pile of cut hay or grain left to dry in a field before being gathered.
2. Any of various other linear piles, as of leaves or snow heaped up by the wind.
tr.v. wind·rowed, wind·row·ing, wind·rows
To shape or arrange into a windrow.
1. (Agriculture) a long low ridge or line of hay or a similar crop, designed to achieve the best conditions for drying or curing
2. (Physical Geography) a line of leaves, snow, dust, etc, swept together by the wind
(Agriculture) (tr) to put (hay or a similar crop) into windrows
1. a row or line of hay left to dry before being raked into heaps.
2. any similar row, as of sheaves of grain, for drying.
3. a row of dry leaves, dust, etc., swept together by the wind.v.t.
4. to arrange in a windrow.
Past participle: windrowed
After mowing and initial drying, grass to be used for hay was raked into rows (windrows). If Sweep rakes were used to gather the hay from the windrows, they ran along the windrows and gathered up the hay. Otherwise, men with pitchforks picked the hay up from the windrows and pitched it onto a wagon for transport to a stack or barn. Eventually, hay balers were developed that ran along the windrow and picked up the hay, so the sweep rake became obsolete.