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farm +‎ -ing



farming (countable and uncountable, plural farmings)

  1. The business of cultivating land, raising stock, etc.
    • 1833, James Rennie, “The Word Gardening”, in Alphabet of Scientific Gardening for the Use of Beginners, London: William Orr, page 1:
      Gardening, then, is a sort of refined farming upon a limited scale.
    • 1945 April 18, American Historical Association, United States Armed Forces Institute, Shall I Take Up Farming? (GI Roundtable)‎[1], number 35, U.S. Government Printing Office, page 2:
      Farming was among the earliest of civilized man's occupations, [...]
  2. A farming operation; a farm, or instance of farming on a piece of land.
    • 1692, John Quick, Synodicon in Gallia reformata:
      We discharge them also of all Farmings of Benefices, and Church Lands, or Goods, of which they were spoiled by those who Commanded under their General.
    • 1986, Science reports of the Institute of Geoscience, University of Tsukuba., page 24:
      After Agricultural Foundation Law was enacted in 1961, the expansion of scale of farm business, the improvement of agricultural foundation, the spread of diversified farming with livestock, the mechanization and the rationalization of farming have accelerated viable farmings.
    • 1997, Hamlet Bareh, The History and Culture of the Khasi People, →ISBN, page 433:
      The problem has been enhanced more so because more agricultural farmings are spreading out leaving but slight margins for cattle farming and fears are expressed by farmers upon the possible cattle intrusion into the farmings ...

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farming (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to the agricultural business.
  2. Raising livestock or fish.



  1. present participle and gerund of farm