What does the word furlong mean?

Usage examples for furlong

  1. There was only one great difficulty in their way; a man on a horse might cross the moor, but a cart must go by " Raby Hall" to reach the church: and, before they got within a furlong of the Hall, a watch- dog began to bark. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  2. It was on a hot Saturday in July that Susan, leaving the office at two o'clock, met the lovely Mrs. John Furlong on the shore road. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  3. John Furlong told Susan a great deal of his new yacht, rattling off technical terms with simple pride, and quoting at length one of the men at the ship- builders' yard. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris