Definitions for furlongˈfɜr lɔŋ, -lɒŋ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
fur•longˈfɜr lɔŋ, -lɒŋ(n.)
a unit of distance equal to 220 yards (201 m) or ? of a mile (0.2 km).
Category: Weights and Measures
Ref: Abbr.: fur. 2
Origin of furlong:
bef. 900; ME; OE furlang length of a furrow. See furrow , long1
a unit of length equal to 220 yards
A unit of length equal to 220 yards or exactly 201.168 meters, now only used in measuring distances in horse-racing.
a measure of length; the eighth part of a mile; forty rods; two hundred and twenty yards
A furlong is a measure of distance in imperial units and U.S. customary units equal to one-eighth of a mile, equivalent to 220 yards, 660 feet, 40 rods, or 10 chains. Using the internationally accepted conversion ratio that one inch exactly equals 25.4 millimetres, one furlong is exactly 201.168 metres. However, the United States does not uniformly use this conversion ratio. Older ratios are in use for surveying purposes in some states, leading to variations in the length of the furlong of about two parts per million, or 0.4 millimetres. This variation is too small to have many practical consequences. Five furlongs are approximately 1 kilometre.
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