Adjective "harrow" definition and examples

(Harrow may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈharəʊ/

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Definitions and examples

noun

An implement consisting of a heavy frame set with teeth or tines which is dragged over ploughed land to break up clods, remove weeds, and cover seed.
  1. 'For this task, the farmer hitched the horse to a harrow which was dragged along the ground to break up the clods.'
  2. 'German farmers used spike-tooth harrows extensively to control weeds in small grains fields before the coming of herbicides.'

verb

Draw a harrow over (land)
  1. 'The new site will not be ready for about two weeks after they move off, and whilst it will be ploughed and harrowed it will still need cultivating.'
  2. 'Wheat fields are harrowed before the crop emerges to get the first flush of weeds.'
  3. 'The nearby dairy farmer plowed and harrowed the garden, and we planted cover crops of annual ryegrass and winter rye.'
Cause distress to.
  1. 'As harrowing as this discovery was, Byrne took some comfort in it since it offered an explanation for Alice's mental problems.'
  2. 'He sits in on interviews which can last up to seven hours and can be harrowing if the refugees have had traumatic experiences.'
  3. 'The scenes in the US last week were deeply harrowing and distressing.'
  4. 'Well I suppose at once extremely harrowing to give the evidence but in many ways extremely cathartic to do so.'
  5. 'The film is a harrowing tale about a woman who wakes up to find her husband dead.'
  6. 'Judging by excerpts already published, the last couple of years have been even more harrowing for the player than most of us suspected.'
  7. 'I saw where the atomic bomb exploded: it's harrowing, imagining what people went through.'
  8. 'Before yesterday's hearing began he told families some of the evidence would be particularly harrowing.'
  9. 'Eerie and harrowing, the film seethes with barely suppressed ferocity.'
  10. 'I read many accounts as harrowing as what you see in this movie, and we felt a great responsibility to them.'

More definitions

1. an agricultural implement with spikelike teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc. verb (used with object)

2. to draw a harrow over (land).

3. to disturb keenly or painfully; distress the mind, feelings, etc., of. verb (used without object)

4. to become broken up by harrowing, as soil.

More examples(as adjective)

"branches can be harrow."

Origin

(harrow)Middle English: from Old Norse herfi; obscurely related to Dutch hark ‘rake’.