• WordNet 3.6
    • n furlong a unit of length equal to 220 yards
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Furlong A measure of length; the eighth part of a mile; forty rods; two hundred and twenty yards.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n furlong A measure of length equal to the eighth part of a mile, 40 rods, poles, or perches, 220 yards, or 201.17 meters. The furlong corresponds to the Roman stadium, and one eighth of any kind of mile is called a furlong in older writers. Thus, English writers of the sixteenth century often call 625 feet a furlong; and the reason is that 5 feet was taken to be a pace, so that a Roman mile of 1,000 paces would be 8 x 625 feet. So the eighth part of a Scotch mile, or nearly 742 feet, was a furlong. In the English translation of the New Testament furlong is used to translate the Greek στάδιον, stadium. Abbreviated fur.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Furlong fur′long 40 poles: one-eighth of a mile.
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  • Walt Whitman
    “And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. furlong, furlang, AS. furlang, furlung, prop., the length of a furrow; furh, furrow + lang, long. See Furrow, and Long (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. furlangfurh, furrow, lang, long.


In literature:

They cleared in this way, as Herodotus states, a piece of ground eighteen or twenty furlongs in extent.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott
I had scarce got to the top of the first hill when I spied a light on my left, about a furlong away.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
If these had not walked Their furlong, could we hope to walk our mile?
"The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume IV" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Maria got in and rode six furlongs and some yards to Mooge Road, and then she stopped the 'bus to get out.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
As I was going slowly along, I perceived a man walking about a furlong before me.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2" by Various
All three were driving, Ben Ali and Blue Wing were head and head at the furlong pole, Free Knight a half length behind.
"History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921" by John Lawrence O'Connor
And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was three-score furlongs from Jerusalem.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
A field west of the church, styled "East Bloody Furlong" has been fixed upon as the site of the Castrum.
"The Towns of Roman Britain" by James Oliver Bevan
The race had winded her no more than a six-furlong canter.
"The Garden of Eden" by Max Brand
Neither of us could have gone another furlong.
"A Volunteer with Pike" by Robert Ames Bennet

In poetry:

Like to coins the sumptuous day
Strews with blossoms golden
Every furlong of his way,--
Like a Sultan gone to pray
At a Kaaba olden.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
Some furlongs from their cottage sill,
Now pass'd this anxious scene;
There they had left, as safe from ill,
The sleeping babe serene.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
The first course that together they rode,
So strong were the knightly two,
Asunder went Humble’s saddle-ring,
And a furlong his good shield flew.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Well,-- this is well : for well begun
Is all the good man here may do;
He cannot hope to see half done,
A furlong is crept through,
And lo, the goal is won!
"The Riddle Head" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The gray was a mare, and a right good mare;
But when she wan the Annan water,
She couldna hae ridden a furlong mair,
Had a thousand merks been wadded at her.
"Annan Water" by Andrew Lang
"To the last stile he clung—maybe
A furlong from our door;
Then missed his footing on the plank,
And deep into the snow-drift sank.
O, my belovèd Willie, we
Shall never see you more!
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey

In news:

Furlong 's reps had no comment on the matter.
Tom Furlong (Letters, "No sympathy for professor," April 13, Gazette) credits Jimmy Carter with the beginning of the end of unions.
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images, Postmedia News.
Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal worked three furlongs in:36 at Hollywood Park on Thursday in preparation for a possible berth in the Citation Handicap (gr IIT) on Nov 24.
Pedroza, 46, was aboard Oh Righty in the starter allowance race for 3-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs.
Polish Dollar and jockey William Antongeorgi capture the $18,000 allowance feature in 1:14.27 for 6-½ furlongs.
(Photo illustration by Christopher Furlong / Getty Images).
Credit Photo illustration by Christopher Furlong / Getty Images.
Lou Furlong, left, and Chris Nesin were among the pilots who flew into Fayette County for a brief visit last week.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Beholder ran six furlongs in 1:09:00, the fastest time of the autumn meet that began last Friday.
( ), Golden Gate Fields, November 18, 2012, $30,000 Added, value of race $40,560, 3 yo's & up, 6 furlongs, 1:10.32 All Weather Track FT.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Fast Bullet ran 6½ furlongs on the synthetic Cushion Track in 1:15.64 and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 2-5 favorite for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
This season, the 2011 Eclipse Award-winning female sprinter would not be denied, holding off a stiff challenge from Nicole H to take the $400,000 six-furlong event July 7 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Monday, going five furlongs in a time of 1:00.40.
Until the final furlong, that is.

In science:

First, following we consider the British system in which length can be measured in miles, furlongs, chains, yards, feet, hands, inches, lines.
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