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[wind-roh, win-] /ˈwɪndˌroʊ, ˈwɪn-/
a row or line of hay raked together to dry before being raked into heaps.
any similar row, as of sheaves of grain, made for the purpose of drying.
a row of dry leaves, dust, etc., swept together by the wind.
verb (used with object)
to arrange in a windrow.
Origin of windrow
1515-25; wind1 + row1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for windrow
  • The windrow evener shall be adjusted so that the windrowed aggregate will have the desired uniform cross section.
  • Each compost windrow or pile shall be marked with an identification number.
  • Having a controlled supply of air enables construction of large piles, which require less land than the windrow method.
  • No gravel of sod berm or windrow will be left in-between the road and the ditch slope.
  • The windrow should be centered in the lane being placed, and never extend more than two truckloads ahead of the paver.
  • Once a long windrow is complete, inspection and hand removal of large cones and sticks proceeds.
  • If the windrow does sink or collapse in places, additional organic material shall be added to the windrow.
  • Each end of a windrow is marked with a small white buoy with a red top.
  • Use this material to start a new windrow next to the original windrow.
  • If a maintenance windrow is allowed by policy and used, try to keep it as light as possible.
British Dictionary definitions for windrow


/ˈwɪndˌrəʊ; ˈwɪnˌrəʊ/
a long low ridge or line of hay or a similar crop, designed to achieve the best conditions for drying or curing
a line of leaves, snow, dust, etc, swept together by the wind
(transitive) to put (hay or a similar crop) into windrows
Derived Forms
windrower, noun
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Word Origin and History for windrow

1520s, from wind (n.1) + row (n.). Because it is exposed to the wind for drying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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