American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An extensive farm, especially in the western United States, on which large herds of cattle, sheep, or horses are raised.
- n. A large farm on which a particular crop or kind of animal is raised: a mink ranch.
- n. A house in which the owner of an extensive farm lives.
- v. To manage or work on a ranch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wrench; tear; wound.
- n. A deep scratch or wound.
- n. In the western part of the United States, especially in the parts formerly Mexican, on the great plains, etc., a herding establishment and estate; a stock-farm; by extension, in the same regions, any farm or farming establishment. The tract of land over which the animals of a ranch or of several ranches roam for pasturage is called a range. See
range, 7 .
- n. In a restricted sense, a company of ranchers or rancheros; the body of persons employed on a ranch.
- To conduct or work upon a ranch; engage in herding.
- n. Also, a permanent Indian village.
- n. A small hut or house in the country, not necessarily a cattle-breeding establishment.
- n. A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock.
- n. A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock.
- n. A house or property on a ranch land.
- n. A type of salad dressing.
- v. To operate a ranch; engage in ranching.
- v. To work on a ranch
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To wrench; to tear; to sprain; to injure by violent straining or contortion.
- n. Western U. S. A tract of land used for grazing and the rearing of horses, cattle, or sheep. See rancho, 2.
- v. manage or run a ranch
- n. farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
- Recorded since 1808, farm sense since 1831. From American Spanish rancho ("small farm, group of farm huts"), in Spanish originally "group of people who eat together", from ranchear ("to lodge or station"), from Old French ranger ("install in position"), from rang ("row, line") (cognate with rank) (Wiktionary)
- American Spanish rancho, small farm, from Spanish, hut, group of people who eat together, from Old Spanish rancharse, to be billeted, from Old French se ranger, to be arranged, from renc, reng, row, line, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I have always thought how wonderful it would be to have a big old ranch house *meaning a house on a ranch, not a 3-2 postwar ranch* and build smaller houses out back for my folks, her folks, etc.”
“ahh he stole the idea from a guy in texas who has the 'cadillac ranch'..it's nothing but cadd's all up ended all over his ranch...”
“The dipping of pizza (and many other foods) in ranch is prevalent in both!”
“And if you're old enough to be a member of AARP, the word "dude" should only be used if it's followed by the word "ranch".”
“Next to my wife, the ranch is the dearest thing in the world to me.”
“He lives here, on what he calls his ranch, recalling in detail the day that still lives in infamy.”
“He lives here on what he calls his ranch, recalling in detail the day that still lives in infamy.”
“A person may be able to live with one or two instances of such crimes, but if the ranch is astride a major conduit the problem becomes serious and can lead to bankruptcy of the ranch owner if not something worse.”
“Today the ranch is the property of the grandchildren of the first, Sres Gamazo y Manglano Hermanos, sons of D José María who have proceeded to complement the old cattle with others of Parladé and Santa Coloma origin.”
“On the other hand, he doesn't have a 'ranch' (Bush's ranch is not a working ranch, and as such, is just a tourist attraction) in Crawford to retreat to every time the conversation gets too serious.”
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