Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tract of land cultivated for the purpose of agricultural production.
  • n. A tract of land devoted to the raising and breeding of domestic animals.
  • n. An area of water devoted to the raising, breeding, or production of a specific aquatic animal: a trout farm; an oyster farm.
  • n. An area of land devoted to the storage of a commodity or the emplacement of a group of devices: a tank farm; an antenna farm.
  • n. Baseball A minor-league club affiliated with a major-league club for the training of recruits and the maintenance of temporarily unneeded players.
  • n. Obsolete The system of leasing out the rights of collecting and retaining taxes in a certain district.
  • n. Obsolete A district so leased.
  • transitive v. To cultivate or produce a crop on.
  • transitive v. To pay a fixed sum in order to have the right to collect and retain profits from (a business, for example).
  • transitive v. To turn over (a business, for example) to another in return for the payment of a fixed sum.
  • intransitive v. To engage in farming.
  • farm out To send (work, for example) from a central point to be done elsewhere.
  • farm out Baseball To assign (a player) to a minor-league team.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Food; provisions; a meal
  • n. A banquet; feast
  • n. A fixed yearly amount (food, provisions, money, etc.) payable as rent or tax
  • n. A fixed yearly sum accepted from a person as a composition for taxes or other moneys which he is empowered to collect; also, a fixed charge imposed on a town, county, etc., in respect of a tax or taxes to be collected within its limits.
  • n. The letting-out of public revenue to a ‘farmer’; the privilege of farming a tax or taxes.
  • n. The body of farmers of public revenues.
  • n. The condition of being let at a fixed rent; lease; a lease
  • n. A tract of land held on lease for the purpose of cultivation
  • n. A place where agricultural and similar activities take place, especially the growing of crops or the raising of livestock
  • n. A location used for an industrial purpose, having many similar structures
  • n. A group of coordinated servers
  • v. To work on a farm, especially in the growing and harvesting of crops
  • v. To grow a particular crop
  • v. To engage in grinding in a particular area or against specific enemies for a particular drop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The rent of land, -- originally paid by reservation of part of its products.
  • n. The term or tenure of a lease of land for cultivation; a leasehold.
  • n. The land held under lease and by payment of rent for the purpose of cultivation.
  • n. Any tract of land devoted to agricultural purposes, under the management of a tenant or the owner.
  • n. A district of country leased (or farmed) out for the collection of the revenues of government.
  • n. A lease of the imposts on particular goods.
  • intransitive v. To engage in the business of tilling the soil; to labor as a farmer.
  • transitive v. To lease or let for an equivalent, as land for a rent; to yield the use of to proceeds.
  • transitive v. To give up to another, as an estate, a business, the revenue, etc., on condition of receiving in return a percentage of what it yields.
  • transitive v. To take at a certain rent or rate.
  • transitive v. To devote (land) to agriculture; to cultivate, as land; to till, as a farm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lease, as land, at a stated rent; give a lease of, as land; let to a tenant on condition of paying rent: as, to farm a manor.
  • Specifically To lease or let (taxes, imposts, or other duties) for a term at a stated rental: generally with out.
  • To take at a certain rent or rate; take a lease of; pay a stated sum or percentage for the use, collection, etc., of.
  • To cultivate, as land; till and plant.
  • To be employed in agriculture; cultivate the soil.
  • To cleanse or empty.
  • n. In old English use, the revenue or rent from lands under lease; revenue, rent, or income in general, but originally chiefly in the form of natural products.
  • n. The state of land leased on rent reserved; a lease; possession under lease: as, in law, to farm let, or let to farm.
  • n. The system, method, or act of collecting revenue by letting out a territory in districts.
  • n. A country or district let out for the collection of revenue.
  • n. A tract of land devoted to general or special cultivation under a single control, whether that of its owner or of a tenant: as, a small farm; a wheat-, fruit-, dairy-, or market-farm.
  • n. A farm-house; a grange; a granary.
  • n. A dwelling; a habitation; a lodging.
  • n. A farm or portion of a farm nearest to or surrounding the home.
  • n. Food; a meal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. workplace consisting of farm buildings and cultivated land as a unit
  • v. collect fees or profits
  • v. cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
  • v. be a farmer; work as a farmer

Etymologies

Middle English, lease, leased property, from Old French ferme, from Medieval Latin firma, fixed payment, from Latin firmāre, to establish, from firmus, firm; see dher- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ferme, farme ("rent, revenue, produce, factor, stewardship, meal, feast"), from Old English feorm, fearm, farm ("provision, food, supplies, provisions supplied by a tenant or vassal to his lord, rent, possessions, stores, feast, entertainment, haven") (whence also Medieval Latin ferma, firma), from Proto-Germanic *fermō (“means of living, subsistence”), from Proto-Germanic *ferhwō, *ferhuz (“life force, body, being”), from Proto-Indo-European *perkʷ- (“life, force, strength, tree”). Cognate with Scots ferm ("rent, farm"). Related also to Old English feorh ("life, spirit"), German Ferch ("life, blood"), Icelandic fjör ("life, vitality, vigour, animation"), Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌹𐍂𐍈𐌿𐍃 (fairƕus, "the world"). Compare also Old English feormehām ("farm"), feormere ("purveyor, grocer"). (Wiktionary)

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