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(noun) - a cultivator that pulverizes or smooths the soil

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EXAMPLES - Harrowing in a Sentence

  1. It was called a harrow, and it looked like this: -- (source)
  2. English the word is used in the sense of 'harrow' and also of (source)
  3. Luckily, Shane Sharpe had loaned us his horse-drawn disc harrow. (source)
  4. It was called a harrow, and it looked like the diagram on the next page. (source)
  5. There was a kind of harrow that took one straight back to the later Stone Age. (source)
  6. But it was not the quake that swept through me like a harrow through fine soil. (source)
  7. The harrow is a large bundle of brushwood, on which some one squats to weight it down. (source)
  8. To harrow Rasmunsen's soul further, he discovered three competitors in the egg business. (source)
  9. And then the crash of high explosive bombs, bursting in harrow-tooth lines across the city. (source)
  10. The harrow was a crude device, knocked together by one of the Blacks from a fork in an oak trunk. (source)
  11. I was born across the river where I was borrowed with clothespins, a harrow tooth, broadsides sewn in my shoes. (source)
  12. There was a disc harrow on the farm, but it was the modern kind, humongous, meant to be pulled by a large tractor. (source)
  13. I noticed it in the morning, with the team harnessed, walking down the driveway on the way to the spring-tine harrow. (source)
  14. The bundle must also have included farming implements such as a plow and a harrow, a wagon, and tack for their 15 horses. (source)
  15. He had bought a plow and harrow during earlier visits which he wanted to use with one of the two tractors we had schlepped over. (source)
  16. Hunt they harrow the hill for to rout them rollicking rogues from, rule those racketeer romps from, rein their rockery rides from. (source)
  17. Jay and Jack were excited by spring and their first rations of corn, from the heavy draft of the harrow over the soft, rough earth. (source)
  18. The "harrow" mentioned in Job 39: 10 was not used to cover the seeds, but to break the clods, being little more than a thick block of wood. (source)
  19. This is probably the meaning, but there is a verb 'harrow' corrupted from 'harry,' to subdue; hence some read "harried with grief and fear." (source)
  20. Yesterday I harnessed Jay and Jack and hitched them to the spring-tine harrow, heading for the new ground that was cleared and turned last fall. (source)
  21. One study showed that to use a disk harrow at a rate that would return the cost of the machine in terms of the price of crops, required at least 200 acres. (source)
  22. The door being half off its hinges, the entrance was for the time protected by a broken harrow, which must necessarily be removed before entry could be obtained. (source)
  23. One rented farm, a distant grazing permit, 100 cattle, 600 sheep, six horses, six slaves, one old ox wagon, an old plow, a wooden harrow, and assorted housewares. 1 (source)
  24. I hooked Sam and Silver to the spring-tine harrow, a simple frame with C-shaped tines that stick down into the soil to loosen the top layer, level it, knock out clumps. (source)
  25. In highly irrigated spots the seed was trampled in by cattle (Isa. 32: 20); but doubtless there was some kind of harrow also for covering in the seed scattered in the furrows of the field. (source)
  26. After 2 or 3 months I was quickly picking up the language and learning to plough, harrow, scythe & milk the cows, in fact everything on the farm and was soon being sent out to work by myself. (source)
  27. In the winter, work is slack, and these floating populations eddy into the cities to eke out a precarious existence and harrow the souls of the police officers until the return of warm weather and work. (source)
  28. Plows, a harrow, harnesses for draft horses and oxen, empty grain sacks, scythes, and sickles all attest to active cultivation at Groote Valleij, although Barend Lubbe did not report a grain harvest to the opgaaf. (source)
  29. For working the land they had two plows and a harrow, for transportation three wagons, one of them new but still without a yoke or reins, suggesting they were in the process of equipping themselves to move more goods or people. (source)
  30. I rested, looked for the humor, regained my composure, and began again, and halfway down the length of the field the harrow picked up a heavy root, drew it back like a striking snake, and sent it snapping into the bone of my shin. (source)
  31. In the morning, after his breakfast, he came to me, and without giving me any breakfast, tied me to a large heavy harrow, which is usually drawn by a horse, and made me drag it to the cotton field for the horse to use in the field. (source)
  32. The 8,000 men spread themselves over the fertile fields along the valleys of the Bann and the Roe, destroying the standing grain with fire, where it would burn, or with the _praca_, a peculiar kind of harrow, tearing it up by the roots. (source)
  33. In the morning after his breakfast he came to me, and without giving me any thing to eat or drink, tied me to a large heavy harrow, which is usually drawn by a horse, and made me drag it to the cotton-field for the horse to use in the field ... .. (source)
  34. I hate the monks, with their drawling nasal tone like so many frogs, and their long black petticoats like so many women, and their reverences, and their lordships, and their lazy vassals that do nothing but peddle in the mire with plough and harrow from Yule to (source)
  35. These last words were not heard; such a mention of her mother had already overpowered her, and unable to let him keep up his delusion, she supported her shaking frame against his shoulder, and exclaimed in a tone of agony: 'O my father! you harrow me to the soul! (source)
  36. When we return, will a tale unfold whose lightest word will harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, make they two eyes like stars start from their spheres, thy knotted and combined locks to part and each particular hair to stand on end like quills upon the fretful porpentine. (source)
  37. Nobody was at home, but Daylight dismounted and ranged the vegetable garden, eating strawberries and green peas, inspecting the old adobe barn and the rusty plough and harrow, and rolling and smoking cigarettes while he watched the antics of several broods of young chickens and the mother hens. (source)
  38. Not one of those rustic wassals of the Ouse of Widdlers, but ad his air curled and his shirt-sheaves tied up with pink ribbing as he led to the macy dance some appy country gal, with a black velvit boddice and a redd or yaller petticoat, a hormylu cross on her neck, and a silver harrow in her air! (source)
  39. I once rented a house with that, and a lot more from the mid to late sixties on the record shelves; a couscoussier in the kitchen; a Moroccan threshing sledge, which I've also seen described as a 'harrow', and a half skeleton in a nicely made wooden box, with an address opposite the Br*tish Museum stamped on the lid, in the sitting room. (source)
  40. No, we will not be such fools: I know you have better sense, when you talk freely of the blessing of Liberty; but I am aware that all persons can understand well one part of the harrow which is attached to slavery, while it is matter of moral impossibility for any human being to form an opinion of the torment which poor slaves often undergo. (source)
  41. In sawahs however the surface has in general so little consistence that no furrow is perceptible, and the plough does little more than loosen the stiff mud to some depth, and cut the roots of the grass and weeds, from which it is afterwards cleared by means of a kind of harrow or rake, being a thick plank of heavy wood with strong wooden teeth and loaded with earth where necessary. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 64.0, which suggests that "harrowing" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.


We have 18 synonyms for harrowing.

agonizing, alarming, chilling, distressing, disturbing, excruciating, heart-rending, heartbreaking, nerve-racking, painful, racking, soaring, tearing, terrifying, tormenting, torturing, torturous, traumatic


We have 4 antonyms for harrowing.

calming, pleasant, pleasing, unfrightening


Pronunciation: (hărˈō-ĭng)



View up to 25 definitions of harrowing from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) A farm implement consisting of a heavy frame with sharp teeth or upright disks, used to break up and even off plowed ground.
  2. (verb-transitive) To break up and level (soil or land) with a harrow.
  3. (verb-transitive) To inflict great distress or torment on.
  4. (verb-transitive) Archaic To plunder; sack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) A device consisting of a heavy framework having several disks or teeth in a row, which is dragged across ploughed land to smooth or break up the soil, to remove weeds or cover seeds; a harrow plow.
  2. (verb) To drag a harrow over; to break up with a harrow.
  3. (verb) To traumatize or disturb; to frighten or torment.
  4. (interjection) A call for help, or of distress, alarm etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) 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. (noun) An obstacle formed by turning an ordinary harrow upside down, the frame being buried.
  3. (verb-transitive) To draw a harrow over, as for the purpose of breaking clods and leveling the surface, or for covering seed.
  4. (verb-transitive) To break or tear, as with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate; to torment or distress; to vex.
  5. (interjection) Help! Halloo! An exclamation of distress; a call for succor; -- the ancient Norman hue and cry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) An implement, usually formed of pieces of timber or bars of metal crossing one another and set with iron teeth (also called tines), drawn (usually by one corner) over plowed land to level it and break the clods, and to Cover Seed when sown.
  2. (None) To draw a harrow over; break or tear with a harrow: as, to harrow land or ground.
  3. (None) To tear or lacerate as if by a harrow; torment; harass.
  4. (None) To ravage; despoil; vex: same as harry.
  5. (None) Help! hallo! hello! an exclamation of sudden distress, of lamentation, or of indignation or surprise: used by heralds to attract attention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a cultivator that pulverizes or smooths the soil
  2. (verb) draw a harrow over (land)