Definition of windrow in English:



  • 1A long line of raked hay, corn sheaves, or peats laid out to dry in the wind.

    • ‘The common machine available is the rotary tedder and while it does a good job at spreading the grass it tends to leave lumpy narrow windrows for baling which are not favoured by contractors.’
    • ‘This is then stacked into windrows or movable racks under a roofed area, and the piles are periodically aerated.’
    • ‘Occasionally you must stop to hone the blade and look behind to admire the precision of the windrow that's formed.’
    • ‘Hay waiting to be baled may have to remain in the windrow for a week and can virtually be ruined for feeding to heavy milking cows, if rained on.’
    • ‘To be worth the effort, the machine's design needed to answer all the shortcomings Moyer had identified in his survey of existing models: it had to be inexpensive, able to handle large windrows, and have plenty of power.’
    • ‘Laborers raked it into windrows at the marshes' edges, shoveled it into wagons, and transported it to refining sites.’
    • ‘The hay was belt-buckle high when rain let up, three days' sun baked stalks dry, and by midday all but the far pasture was mowed and raked into windrows.’
    • ‘Vermicompost can also be made in windrows by placing fresh waste on one side of the row while harvesting from the other side.’
    • ‘Wind-rowed high-sugar corn forage had comparable nutritional quality indices to that of stockpiled high-sugar corn; however, cattle gains were reduced when corn forage was grazed in windrows.’
    • ‘In the field where the canning factory sprays its waste water, the grass was cut into windrows yesterday.’
    • ‘Cut and crimp as bottom leaves begin to yellow, and don't turn windrows before harvest.’
    • ‘The tall grass is being cut into windrows in the field where the canning company sprays its waste water.’
    • ‘You may need to damage plants by driving on them to turn hay to speed drying and get sunlight to plants underneath; however, it may prevent the old windrows from ruining the rest of your haying year.’
    • ‘If you rake windrows to dry out any stems on the bottom, leaves are apt to crumble and fall away, leaving just sticks for hay.’
    • ‘The cutworms will hide in the ground near the plants or under windrows during the day.’
    • ‘That's why you could see Johnson seated behind the wheel of an almond sweeper, gathering almonds into windrows, readying them for pick up by a harvester.’
    • ‘All the hay had to be raked into windrows with hand rakes, and the women of the household had to take a hand.’
    • ‘Allowing livestock to consume annual forage left in windrows has become a common method to reduce costs associated with harvesting, storing, and feeding forage.’
    • ‘The advanced electronics provide all the features you need for bale monitoring allowing you to focus on the windrow without constantly turning round to monitor bale formation.’
    • ‘Sift through the litter where the windrows were, checking in and around crowns for larvae, pupae, and adult weevils.’
    1. 1.1North American A long line of material heaped up by the wind or by a machine.
      ‘the surface of the water was streaked with windrows of scud’
      • ‘The manufacturer says its dual-blade configuration eliminates potholes, ruts, and washboarding without leaving windrows or pushing aggregate out of the roadway.’
      • ‘The compost is stacked in huge heaps or windrows, which are turned once a week.’
      • ‘Rather than cut and stack the junipers for eventual burning, Davies has his crew skid the trees into large, circular windrows that act as cattle exclosures for pastures that need rest or recovery.’
      • ‘He and his son, James, mechanically sweep the ripe nuts that have fallen to the orchard floor into windrows.’
      • ‘The graders ripped the existing road and gathered all available material into two windrows, then spread and graded behind the mobile crusher as it progressed down the road.’
      • ‘On a single occasion in 1949, for example, a windrow of unidentifiable algal material was recorded on the shore.’
      • ‘He uses excavators to feed the grinders, drawing from material piled up or raked into windrows by the land-clearing contractor.’
      • ‘An optional tail-grading feature adds to grading capacity by leveling out windrows left by the circle-mounted blade, thereby eliminating a second pass.’
      • ‘The heaps, known as windrows, bring down the temperature of the garbage and prevent leaching too, Ms. Patel says.’