Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Land that is plowed or that is suitable for tillage.
- n. In early English tenures, as much land as could be tilled with the use of one plow; a hide of land; a carucate. It was a descriptive term by which land might be granted with the buildings thereon. The difference in early authorities as to the area is probably to be explained by differences in local customs of husbandry and in the arableness of the soil, and especially by the fact that in some districts, and perhaps most generally, the plow was drawn by eight oxen, while in others it may have been drawn by four. It seems generally to have contained about 100 acres more or less. Compare
- n. alternative spelling of ploughland.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Land that is plowed, or suitable for tillage.
- n. (O. Eng. Law) the quantity of land allotted for the work of one plow; a hide.
- n. arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops
“When they left the Vicarage, they had begun an argument which swung their feet along so rhythmically in time with it that they covered the ground at over four miles an hour, and saw nothing of the hedgerows, the swelling plowland, or the mild blue sky.”
“All about the field, like heaps of manure on well-kept plowland, lay from ten to fifteen dead and wounded to each couple of acres.”
“It is guesswork what sites to seek-in a city turned alien, in a remnant of countryside where grass and wild-flowers have taken back the plowland-and stand for a while, feeling not altogether alone, before saying very quietly, "Goodbye now, and thank you.”
“He came with Hanno and a small military escort out of the hills, onto a rolling plain where, here and there, wilderness yielded to plowland and pasture.”
“Also, this is a busy season in the forest as well as the plowland.”
“Prevention of this ruin depended on three essentials—the return of plowland to grass, liberal use of manure, and prompt stoppage of all flow of ground water that might create gulleys.”
“Right over the chariot-road below me ran the salt sea, and climbed the plowland; spent itself, and paused, and went sucking back from the scoured land.”
“When Robin grew much older, when he was in trousers, and could play games, and appreciate his father's prowess and God-given capacities in the gymnasium, on the tennis lawn, over the plowland among the partridges, Dion's turn would come.”
“Beyond this we had some trouble to find a gate, but at length Masters hit on one a little way out of our course, and it led to a wide plowland, freshly turned but hard-frozen, in the furrows of which our horses boggled a good deal.”
“It is as though the owner of plowland had to pay a tax on the value of his field crops twice a week throughout the growing season.”
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