: cultivated land : tillage
: the state of aggregation of a soil especially in relation to its suitability for crop growth

Examples of tilth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Follow these steps for planting: Prepare the soil, working outdoor soil into a fine tilth or filling a seed-starting tray with a lightweight, high-quality seed-starting mixture. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 The resulting compost will add nutrients while improving your soil's tilth, aeration, and water-holding capacity. Mia Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2022 Fertile soil with good tilth does not come about with a single or even several additions of organic material, but from a consistent soil-building program. oregonlive, 7 Feb. 2022 An introduction to the basic components of organic gardening that outlines the secrets of great soil, such as good soil tilth, texture and structure, and an abundance of organic matter. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 This will provide good soil health, tilth, and maintain healthy soil micro-organisms. oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2021 Second, cover crops add nutrients to the soil and improve tilths. Roxanne Washington, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2019

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English, from tilian to till

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tilth was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tilth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tilth. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the state of a soil with respect to the suitability of its particle size and structure for growing crops

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