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As I flew back from New Zealand to bury my mother, it occurred to me that no matter how harrowing her loss was and how keenly it will always be felt, there was, nevertheless, a sense of relief that my father, sisters and I could say a final goodbye after the longest goodbye and relief that my mum had finally been released.
James Nesbitt

Meaning of "harrowing" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HARROWING

harrowing  [ˈhærəʊɪŋ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HARROWING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Harrowing is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES HARROWING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

harrowing

Harrow (tool)

In agriculture, a harrow is an implement for breaking up and smoothing out the surface of the soil. In this way it is distinct in its effect from the plough, which is used for deeper tillage. 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 to provide a finer finish, a good tilth or soil structure that is suitable for seedbed use. Such coarser harrowing may also be used to remove weeds and to cover seed after sowing. Harrows differ from cultivators in that they disturb the whole surface of the soil, such as to prepare a seedbed, instead of disturbing only narrow trails that skirt crop rows. There are four general types of harrows: disc harrow, tine harrow, chain harrow and chain disk harrows. Harrows were originally drawn by draft animals, such as horses, mules, or oxen, or in some times and places by manual labourers. In modern practice they are almost always tractor-mounted implements, either trailed after the tractor by a drawbar or mounted on the three-point hitch.

Definition of harrowing in the English dictionary

The definition of harrowing in the dictionary is emotionally distressing or vexing.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HARROWING


borrowing
ˈbɒrəʊɪŋ
childcrowing
ˈtʃaɪldˌkrəʊɪŋ
cockcrowing
ˈkɒkˌkrəʊɪŋ
cockthrowing
ˈkɒkˌθrəʊɪŋ
crowing
ˈkrəʊɪŋ
fast-growing
ˌfɑːstˈɡrəʊɪŋ
following
ˈfɒləʊɪŋ
going
ˈɡəʊɪŋ
growing
ˈɡrəʊɪŋ
ingrowing
ˈɪnˌɡrəʊɪŋ
knowing
ˈnəʊɪŋ
narrowing
ˈnærəʊɪŋ
nongrowing
ˌnɒnˈɡrəʊɪŋ
rice-growing
raɪs ˈɡrəʊɪŋ
rowing
ˈrəʊɪŋ
showing
ˈʃəʊɪŋ
sorrowing
ˈsɒrəʊɪŋ
throwing
ˈθrəʊɪŋ
vine-growing
ˈvaɪnɡrəʊɪŋ
woolgrowing
ˈwʊlˌɡrəʊɪŋ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HARROWING

harridan
harried
harrier
harries
Harriman
Harrington
Harris
Harris Tweed
Harrisburg
Harrison
Harrogate
Harrovian
harrow
harrower
harrowingly
harrowment
harrumph
harry
Harry Hotspur
harsh

WORDS THAT END LIKE HARROWING

billowing
bowing
cult following
drawing
flowing
glass-blowing
glowing
inflowing
lowing
mellowing
mind-blowing
mowing
overflowing
owing
public sector borrowing
rice growing
sowing
there is no knowing
unknowing
whistle-blowing
wine growing

Synonyms and antonyms of harrowing in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HARROWING»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «harrowing» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of harrowing

Translation of «harrowing» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HARROWING

Find out the translation of harrowing to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of harrowing from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «harrowing» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

折磨人的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

angustioso
570 millions of speakers

English

harrowing
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

दु: खद
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مروع
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

боронование
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

doloroso
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মর্মভেদী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pénible
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mengerikan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

erschütternd
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

悲惨な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

비참한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Harrowing
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bi thảm
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பயமுறுத்தும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

संतापजनक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

üzücü
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

straziante
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

bronowanie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

боронування
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

chinuitor
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

οδυνηρή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

hartverskeurende
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

harv
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

opprivende
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of harrowing

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HARROWING»

The term «harrowing» is quite widely used and occupies the 42.661 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about harrowing

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8 QUOTES WITH «HARROWING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word harrowing.
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Max Carver
Personally, I had a close friend with cystic fibrosis. I won't ever forget how he handled himself. In the face of extreme challenges and very harrowing circumstances, he maintained a positive outlook and was just very dignified, even in his suffering.
2
David Eddings
When they ran out of cadre men they gave me my very own platoon and said, 'Here are 63 men, try to keep as many of them alive as you possibly can.' That was one of the more harrowing experiences of my life.
3
Margaret Fuller
Drudgery is as necessary to call out the treasures of the mind, as harrowing and planting those of the earth.
4
Lane Garrison
I have much to say about the pain I've felt and seen inside of prison. It has been an eye-opening and harrowing experience.
5
Philip Kaufman
They are always very lax about putting restrictions on violence for children's movies, which I think is much more harrowing than sexuality for children.
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Gary Krist
Let's start at the very end: The postscript of Stephen King's 'On Writing' contains some of the most harrowing pages he has ever written. It's here that King describes the traffic accident that nearly killed him in June 1999.
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James Nesbitt
As I flew back from New Zealand to bury my mother, it occurred to me that no matter how harrowing her loss was and how keenly it will always be felt, there was, nevertheless, a sense of relief that my father, sisters and I could say a final goodbye after the longest goodbye and relief that my mum had finally been released.
8
Mary Lynn Rajskub
I'm doing stand-up comedy. I'm working on a one-woman show about how I don't like my baby. There is a period of time where a baby is born where the next 3 months is harrowing. A lot of people say it's the most wonderful time, but for me it was harrowing.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HARROWING»

Discover the use of harrowing in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to harrowing and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Harrowing of Hell: A Miracle-play Written in the Reign ...
A Miracle-play Written in the Reign of Edward the Second, Now First Pub. from the Original Manuscript in the British Museum, with an Introduction, Translation, and Notes James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps. impart to the populace some idea of ...
James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, 1840
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The Harrowing
Baird College's Mendenhall echoes with the footsteps of students heading home for Thanksgiving break and Robin Stone, who won't be going home, swears she can feel the creepy, hundred-year-old residence hall breathe a sigh of relief for its ...
Alexandra Sokoloff, 2012
3
Dachau: The Harrowing of Hell
A U.S. Army doctor describes the fight to save 32,000 survivors of Dachau.
Marcus J. Smith, 2012
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A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique
Powerful, instructive, and full of humanity, this book challenges the current understanding of the war that has turned Mozambique—a naturally rich country—into the world's poorest nation.
William Finnegan, 1992
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Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My ...
At once captivating and disturbing, Beyond Belief is an eye-opening exploration of the limits of religion and the lengths to which one woman went to break free.
Jenna Miscavige Hill, Lisa Pulitzer, 2013
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The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai
Carefully researched and masterfully told, The Colony is a searing tale of individual bravery and extraordinary survival, and stands as a testament to the power of faith, compassion, and the human spirit.
John Tayman, 2010
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Jungle: The Harrowing True Story of Survival
"Jungle" is the incredible true story of Yossi Ghinsberg's triumph over the most adverse and frightening of circumstances. It is a tale of survival and human fortitude against the wildest backdrop on the planet.
Yossi Ghinsberg, 2005
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Exposed: The Harrowing Story of a Mother's Undercover Work ...
Think your child is safe surfing the Web? Think again, says R. Stephanie Good in this chilling expose and personal memoir about her efforts with the FBI to bust child sex predators.
R. Stephanie Good, 2007
9
Panic Child: A Harrowing True Story of Sexual Abuse and Neglect
Carol D. Levine, in her heartrending and yet hopeful memoir, Panic Child, reveals her childhood of parental neglect, sexual abuse, and the stranger who raped her, and her ascent from the depths of this terrible childhood to a life of ...
Carol D. Levine, 2010
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Cry Rape: The True Story of One Woman's Harrowing Quest for ...
Cry Rape dramatically exposes the criminal justice system’s capacity for error as it recounts one woman’s courageous battle in the face of adversity.
Bill Lueders, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HARROWING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term harrowing is used in the context of the following news items.
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Hear Autumn Veatch's Harrowing 911 Call After Plane Crash - ABC …
The stunned teenager who survived two days in the woods after a plane crash that is believed to have killed her step-grandparents has been ... «ABC News, Jul 15»
2
Senator describes harrowing boat rescue - News.com.au
AUSTRALIA should take a lesson from the Italians about how to treat migrant boats in distress at sea, according to Sarah Hanson-Young. «NEWS.com.au, Jul 15»
3
“Escaping ISIS”: The harrowing Frontline investigation flips the focus …
It's instead the harrowing story of a man trying to find his family—of refugees trying to track down lost loved ones. And as the women trickle back ... «Salon, Jul 15»
4
Harrowing weather moving north along Palm Beach County coast …
The National Weather Service is reporting a second line of strong thunderstorms coming from the west and moving northeast at 10 mph. «Palm Beach Post, Jul 15»
5
Bullying video probe: Harrowing new footage emerges of 14-year …
Bullying video probe: Harrowing new footage emerges of 14-year-old victim begging for horrifying ordeal to stop. 11:10, 14 July 2015 ... «Scottish Daily Record, Jul 15»
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Jimmy Fallon Returns with Harrowing Story: “I Was in the ICU for …
Jimmy Fallon is back. His story of what happened to him — Ring Avulsion– is pretty harrowing. He tripped on a rug at home, fell and almost lost ... «ShowBiz411.com, Jul 15»
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Harrowing tales of three women who escaped Islamic State - The …
Saltley Academy in Birmingham is battling radicalisation by hosting talks from Iraqi women narrating horrifying tales of their lives as prisoners of ... «The Express Tribune, Jul 15»
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Escaping Polygamy: New show exposes harrowing reality | Daily …
Escaping Polygamy: New show exposes harrowing reality. Three sisters are the stars of LMN's new reality series, Escaping Polygamy, which ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
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John Doyle: Harrowing PBS doc reveals IS's systematic rapes …
A man shows the camera crew around a village in northern Iraq. The village is deserted, every building empty. Not bombed or flattened to the ... «The Globe and Mail, Jul 15»
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The Shockingly Harrowing Details of Bunion Surgery - Yahoo
The Shockingly Harrowing Details of Bunion Surgery. Three weeks on crutches, 8 weeks in special shoes, and only washing your feet once ... «Yahoo Health, Jul 15»

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