Point Barrow


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.
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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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Encyclopedia Britannica

point barrow

northernmost point of Alaska, U.S., situated on the Arctic Ocean. Archaeological evidence dates human habitation (by Inupiaq Eskimos) in the area from about AD 500. The headland was explored in 1826 by Frederick W. Beechey and named for Sir John Barrow, British promoter of Arctic exploration; its Inupiaq name is Ukpeagvik, meaning "Place Where Owls Are Hunted." Once important in Arctic aviation, it was the departure point of Sir George Hubert Wilkins's flight (1928) over the North Pole and was the site of the air crash (1935) that killed Will Rogers and Wiley Post (for whom the city of Barrow's airport is jointly named). Point Barrow was the site of a U.S. Navy Arctic research station from the 1940s to 1980, when the station was closed. The area has vast oil and gas deposits and is the northernmost tip of the massive National Petroleum Reserve

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