farm·​ing | \ ˈfär-miŋ How to pronounce farming (audio) \

Definition of farming

: the practice of agriculture or aquaculture

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Synonyms for farming


agriculture, husbandry

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Examples of farming in a Sentence

since an ancestor settled there in the 19th century, farming has been the only occupation for six generations of the family

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His family lived in Perilovets, a farming village in the country’s northwestern corner, near its borders with Romania and present-day Serbia. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "My father left Bulgaria when he was 14. Nearly 7 decades later, we visit as a family.," 4 July 2019 Once a commercial fisherman, Smith champions ocean farming of seaweed and other sea vegetables, which are nutritious and locally grown. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Luanne Rice kicks off CT Authors Trail," 3 July 2019 The indigenous communities of the Andes understand well how altitude and respect for the soil affect food and farming methods and connect them to the natural environment. Jill K. Robinson, National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Adventures in Peru’s Sacred Valley," 2 July 2019 Four young Americans and their Swedish friend head to Horga, a remote Scandinavian farming village. Ty Burr,, "In ‘Midsommar,’ it’s dark beneath the midnight sun," 2 July 2019 Outdoor farming represents the remainder, less than 3 percent., "Oregon and other states fail to require energy efficiency rules for legal pot grows," 30 June 2019 Critics say the bill -- aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions by auctioning off pollution allowances for carbon -- would harm rural industries in Oregon such as logging and farming. Fox News, "Oregon truckers, blue collar workers rally against cap and trade bill GOP senators fled state to stop," 27 June 2019 Hen procurement and sales created a side business and learning opportunity for the Swartz children as egg production and boutique farming became popular. azcentral, "A red-brick ranch in Glendale is more than a home. Take a look inside the pet sanctuary and urban farm," 20 June 2019 The modern farming industry has already produced rice that photosynthesizes more efficiently, cotton that’s resistant to pests, and lettuce that can grow in warehouses, their tender leaves never touched by the sun. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of farming

1659, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of farming was in 1659

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English Language Learners Definition of farming

: the job or business of running a farm


farm·​ing | \ ˈfär-miŋ\

Kids Definition of farming

: the occupation or business of running a farm

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