farm·ing | \ ˈfär-miŋ \

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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Mildred Augustine was born in 1905 in Ladora, Iowa, a rural farming community near Iowa City. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 As Thailand's rural population ages, a new initiative is encouraging young professionals to return to the countryside and establish farming communities with modern technology. Prisana Kongwong, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why young professionals are taking up farming in Thailand," 2 July 2018 Work is needed to explore how farmers perceive the risks associated with pesticide resistance; the answers could help tailor ideas in a way that would make farming communities more open to trying them. Brooke Borel, Scientific American, "Weeds Are Winning the War against Herbicide Resistance," 18 June 2018 The Irish farming community is in a lather after a dairy farmer in County Limerick was fined $350 last week for the dung a judge says his cows left on a road, causing a motorcycle accident. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Will Irish farmers have to diaper their cows after Effin dung case? | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 In other developments Thursday, police in Visalia said DeAngelo is a suspect in the 1975 killing of community college teacher Claude Snelling in the farming community about 40 miles south of Fresno. Michael Balsamo And Jonathan Cooper,, "Investigators: DNA from genealogy site caught former cop now suspected in 13th murder," 27 Apr. 2018 Southern California would include Fresno and the surrounding farming communities, reaching all the way to San Diego and the Mexican border. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Opponents of proposed California breakup sue to pull it off ballot," 10 July 2018 Two men described how Taylor’s rebels rounded up and murdered nearly every man in their Muslim farming community. Kelly Brennan,, "Delco man convicted of hiding past as Liberian war criminal," 3 July 2018 Barnard vividly captures the vast and stirring Northern England countryside, the area’s tightly knit if wary farming community, and the fiscal and practical mechanics of raising — and, yes, even dipping — sheep. Gary Goldstein,, "Ruth Wilson stars in powerful British drama 'Dark River'," 28 June 2018

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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