Furlong meaning

fûrlông, -lŏng
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A unit for measuring distance, equal to18 mile (201 meters).
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A unit of length in the FPS system, equal to 220 yards or18 statute mile (201.168 meters): one square furlong equals ten acres.
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(archaic) A unit of length equal to 220 yards or exactly 201.168 meters, now only used in measuring distances in horse racing.
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Origin of furlong

  • Middle English from Old English furlang furh furrow lang long long1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English furh (“furrow”) +‎ lang (“long”); the typical length of a furrow in an average field.

    From Wiktionary