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

  • n. The act or practice of cultivating crops and breeding and raising livestock; agriculture.
  • n. The application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding.
  • n. Careful management or conservation of resources; economy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The raising of livestock and the cultivation of crops; agriculture
  • n. The prudent management or conservation of resources

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Care of domestic affairs; economy; domestic management; thrift.
  • n. The business of a husbandman, comprehending the various branches of agriculture; farming.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Management of domestic affairs; domestic economy; frugality; thrift.
  • n. The business of a husbandman or farmer; farming; agriculture.
  • n. The product of husbandry or of cultivated soil.

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

  • n. the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock


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

Middle English husbondri, from huseband, husband; see husband.



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  • Ancient poetry and mythology suggest, at least, that husbandry was once a sacred art; but it is pursued with irreverent haste and heedlessness by us, our object being to have large farms and large crops merely.

    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

    August 25, 2011

  • A pig parlour?

    January 22, 2010

  • "Husbandry was not practiced, for no mammals walked these isles until passing whalers willfully marooned pigs here to propagate a parlor" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 011.3).

    January 22, 2010

  • agriculture; farming

    July 22, 2007