Furrow vs Brook - What's the difference?

furrow | brook |

As a noun furrow

is a trench cut in the soil, as when plowed in order to plant a crop.

As a verb furrow

is to make (a) groove, a cut(s) in (the ground etc).

As a proper noun brook is

for someone living by a brook .





(en noun)
  • A trench cut in the soil, as when plowed in order to plant a crop.
  • Don't walk across that deep furrow in the field.
  • Any trench, channel, or groove, as in wood or metal.
  • A deep wrinkle in the skin of the face, especially on the forehead.
  • When she was tired, a deep furrow appeared on her forehead.


    (en verb)
  • To make (a) groove, a cut(s) in (the ground etc.).
  • Cart wheels can furrow roads.
  • To wrinkle
  • To pull one's brows or eyebrows together due to worry, concentration etc.
  • Leave me alone so I can furrow my brows and concentrate.

    See also

    * plough a lonely furrow



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To use; enjoy; have the full employment of.
  • To earn; deserve.
  • (label) To bear; endure; support; put up with; tolerate (usually used in the negative, with an abstract noun as object ).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=6, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.}}
  • * 2005 , Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World , Harper:
  • Nevertheless, Garcilaso does claim that the Spaniards ‘who were unable to brook the length of the discourse, had left their places and fallen on the Indians’.
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A body of running water smaller than a river; a small stream.
  • *Bible, (w) viii. 7
  • *:The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:empties itself, as doth an inland brook / into the main of waters
  • *
  • *:But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶.
  • A water meadow.
  • Low, marshy ground.
  • Synonyms
    * beck * burn * coulee * creek * stream