barrow in furness


Also called Barrow-in-Furness [bar-oh-in-fur-nis] . a seaport in Cumbria, in NW England.
the N tip of Alaska: the northernmost point of the U.S.
a town in N Alaska, S of Barrow Point: site of a government science-research center. Unabridged
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barrow1 (ˈbærəʊ)
1.  wheelbarrow See handbarrow
2.  Also called: barrowful the amount contained in or on a barrow
3.  chiefly (Brit) a handcart, typically having two wheels and a canvas roof, used esp by street vendors
4.  dialect (Northern English) concern or business (esp in the phrases that's not my barrow, that's just my barrow)
5.  dialect (Irish), (Scot) into one's barrow suited to one's interests or desires
[Old English bearwe; related to Old Norse bararbier, Old High German bāra]

barrow2 (ˈbærəʊ)
a heap of earth placed over one or more prehistoric tombs, often surrounded by ditches. Long barrows are elongated Neolithic mounds usually covering stone burial chambers; round barrows are Bronze Age, covering burials or cremations
[Old English beorg; related to Old Norse bjarg, Gothic bairgahei hill, Old High German berg mountain]

barrow3 (ˈbærəʊ)
a castrated pig
[Old English bearg; related to Old Norse börgr, Old High German barug]

Barrow (ˈbærəʊ)
1.  a river in SE Ireland, rising in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and flowing south to Waterford Harbour. Length: about 193 km (120 miles)
2.  Barrow-in-Furness See Barrow Point

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Word Origin & History

"vehicle for carrying a load," c.1300, barewe, probably from an unrecorded O.E. *bearwe "basket, barrow," from beran "to bear, to carry" (see bear (v.)).

"mound," O.E. beorg (W.Saxon), berg (Anglian) "hill," from P.Gmc. *bergaz (cf. O.S., O.Fris., O.H.G. berg "mountain," O.N. bjarg "rock"), from PIE base *bheregh- "high, elevated" (cf. O.C.S. bregu "mountain, height," O.Ir. brigh "mountain," Skt. b'rhant "high," O.Pers. bard- "be high"). Obsolete except
in place-names and southwest England dialect by 1400; revived by archaeology. Barrow-wight first recorded 1891.
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