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

  • n. Cultivation of land.
  • n. Land that has been tilled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the cultivation of arable land by plowing, sowing and raising crops
  • n. land that has been so cultivated

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The operation, practice, or art of tilling or preparing land for seed, and keeping the ground in a proper state for the growth of crops.
  • n. A place tilled or cultivated; cultivated land.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The operation, practice, or art of tilling land, or preparing it for seed, and keeping the ground free from weeds which might impede the growth of crops; cultivation; culture; husbandry.

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

  • n. the cultivation of soil for raising crops
  • n. arable land that is worked by plowing and sowing and raising crops


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  • They sowed much (v. 6), kept a great deal of ground in tillage, which, they might expect, would turn to a better advantage than usual, because their land had long lain fallow and had enjoyed its sabbaths.

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  • Ejida -- State run cooperative farm, for produce, animals, and/or greenhouses (as opposed to a Manage curtilage or tillage, which is for an individual family).

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  • Good tillage, which is too often neglected, is valuable.

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  • Farm carbon credits, called "tillage credits," have grown to become the single-largest source of carbon offsets in Alberta's trading scheme, which has been in effect since mid-2007.

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  • They have proved themselves apt pupils, and today you will see in the glens of the Berg and in the plains Kaffir tillage which is as scientific as any in Africa.

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  • They have proved themselves apt pupils, and to-day you will see in the glens of the Berg and in the plains Kaffir tillage which is as scientific as any in Africa.

    Prester John

  • Now the Cyclopes neither plant nor plough, but trust in providence, and live on such wheat, barley, and grapes as grow wild without any kind of tillage, and their wild grapes yield them wine as the sun and the rain may grow them.

    The Odyssey

  • In husbandry leases, a covenant to cultivate the land in a husbandlike manner, and according to the custom of the district, is always implied; but it is more usual to prescribe the course of tillage which is to be pursued.

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  • This creates efficiency during busy production times such as tillage, fertilizing, planting, spraying and harvest.

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  • The want of bread to eat, from the late false and cruel policy of laying small farms into great ones, and the general discouragement of tillage which is its consequence, is in my opinion much less to be apprehended than the want of people to eat it.

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  • And the proud dreaming king who flung the crown

    And sorrow away, and calling bard and clown

    Dwelt among wine-stained wanderers in deep woods;

    And him who sold tillage, and house, and goods,

    And sought through lands and islands numberless years,

    Until he found with laughter and with tears,

    A woman, of so shining loveliness,

    That men threshed corn at midnight by a tress,

    A little stolen tress.

    - W.B. Yeats, 'The Secret Rose'.

    September 18, 2009