Furlong is a measure of distance no longer in use except for certain instances such as by the U.K. Rail industries and the horse racing world in the U.K., U.S. And Ireland. One furlong equals about 660 feet or 201.168 meters. The word furlong comes from old English and is a combination of two other words, furh (furrow) and lang (long). In those days land was held by a community, and was divided into strips. As it was difficult to turn the oxen, the length of field was maximized and an acre was measured as a furlong long. An acre was one furlong long and 22 yards wide. The furlong was traditionally seen as the English equivalent of the Roman stade which was itself a derivate of the Greek system. This difference can be seen in the Bible, where the King James Bible has furlong instead of the Greek stadion substituted. With the passing of the Weights and Measures Act 1985 the furlong was officially abolished.
220 yards it was on my math test...
In the US, a furlong is an eighth of a mile, to put it as simply as possible.
Furh (furrow) and lang (long) is derived from old English words to form furlong. A furlong is an imperial and also a U.S. Customary unit of measuring distance. Each furlong equals 660 feet or 201.168 meters. 5 furlongs equals 1 kilometer. This unit of measurement is no longer in common use but is still used in the rail industry of the U.K., and it is still used in the racing of horses in the U.K., U.S. And Ireland. Similarities are drawn between the furlong system and the Roman stable system of measurement, which was itself derived from Greek practices. The system originally developed due to agriculture as the turning of a pair of oxen engaged to plough a field was difficult and so long furrows were developed. The land was measured in acres and an acre was generally one furlong long. Many systems of weights and measures along with the furlong were abolished by the Weights and Measures Act 1985.
A piece of fur long!