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Harrowed Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Harrow \Har"row\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harrowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Harrowing.] [OE. harowen, harwen; cf. Dan. harve. See Harrow, n.]
  1. To draw a harrow over, as for the purpose of breaking clods and leveling the surface, or for covering seed; as, to harrow land. Will he harrow the valleys after thee? --Job xxxix. 10.
  2. To break or tear, as with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate; to torment or distress; to vex. My aged muscles harrowed up with whips. --Rowe. I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul. --Shak.
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In agriculture, a set of harrows is an implement for cultivating the surface of the soil. In this way it is distinct in its effect from the plough, which is used for deeper cultivation. Harrowing is often carried out on fields to follow the rough finish left by ploughing operations. The purpose of this harrowing is generally to break up clods and lumps of soil and to provide a finer finish, a good tilth or soil structure that is suitable for seeding and planting operations. Such coarser harrowing may also be used to remove weeds and to cover seed after sowing.

Tools for harrowing are commonly called harrows (plural) as they are used as a set. There are nominally three types of harrows: disc harrow, tine harrow and chain harrow. Harrows were originally horse-drawn. In modern practice they are almost always tractor-mounted implements, either trailed after the tractor or mounted on the three-point hitch.

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