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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Today, marijuana routinely contains 20-25% THC, thanks to sophisticated farming and cloning techniques and to the demand of users to get a stronger high more quickly. Alex Berenson, WSJ, "Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think," 4 Jan. 2019 When Maya populations recovered at the beginning of what scholars call the Classic period, farming and urbanization returned with more vigor than ever. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Carbon impact of ancient Maya farming may still be felt," 22 Aug. 2018 Can be used for fires, farming and everything else. Jonathan Hunt, Fox News, "Commerce chief scolds California over environmental policies he says hinder firefighters: ‘Lives are at stake’," 9 Aug. 2018 The installers advise villagers on irrigation, farming and marketing to help them develop businesses that require reliable electricity, which in turn justifies the expense of installation. The Economist, "Mini-grids could be a boon to poor people in Africa and Asia," 12 July 2018 State regulators proposed sweeping changes in the allocation of California's water Friday, leaving more water in Northern California's major rivers to help ailing fish populations — and less for farming and human consumption. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "California has a new plan for allocating its water, and it means less for farmers," 6 July 2018 In rural farming and ranching areas, children quickly learned to drive the family pickup in the course of finishing off their chores. James C. Cobb, Smithsonian, "The Pickup Truck’s Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toy," 3 July 2018 But as ranching, crop farming and other forms of development encroach on tropical forests, these fearsome predators are losing ground. Amy Mathews Amos, Scientific American, "Jaguars Thrive in Lightly Logged Forests," 19 June 2018 The reserve was designed as a sanctuary for farming and a rural lifestyle, but thousands of homes have been built there as growth has boomed in South Florida. Lois K. Solomon,, "Palm Beach County agrees to save three farms from development until 2053," 19 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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