Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being fallow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A well or opening, through the successive floors of a warehouse or manufactory, through which goods are raised or lowered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being fallow.

Etymologies

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fallow +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The Earth and all the things in nature take sabbaths – for example the fallowness of winter, the stasis of dry seasons, or the hibernation of some animals.

    The Sensibility of Sabbaths for Sustainable Living

  • All this to say, dear Ian: remember in those periods of fallowness that you have got boatloads of people who take inspiration from what you do, and that it is a vital, crucial, irrevocable ingredient in making this world a better place.

    tantalus

  • He regarded the creases in the face, the fallowness in the blond hair.

    Genesis

  • In this way you experience a singular repose, after which fallowness I am sure one is fitter for action and judgement.

    The Path to Rome

  • He drew a chair to the side of the bed and sat down, terrified by the utter fallowness of his mind.

    The Ragged Edge

  • In his earlier youth he had been a good deal given to meditation, a habit which is frequently a mere sign of mental fallowness; now that his mind was wearied with the accumulation of a little learning, it knew what work meant, and did not work except when compelled.

    The Mermaid A Love Tale

  • During this period of fallowness we were grateful for the opportunity to suspend the grantmaking cycle, evaluate past decisions, and consider what unique niche could Bridgeway fill as an engaged funding partner to charities in Canada.

    Open hands

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