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  1. present participle of ranch


ranching (countable and uncountable, plural ranchings)

  1. The business or activity of operating a ranch, of farming or raising livestock.
    Ranching is his way of life.
  2. A ranch.
    • 1889, an article on The Migrations of Plants by de Candolle, Stallybrass, Hooker and Wallace, published in The Edinburgh Review, or Critical Journal, volume 169, page 465:
      At a later stage we may presume that other plants were found useful, such as the artificial fodder plants which began to be cultivated for cattle when the purely pastoral system of husbandry by nomad tribes came to an end, just as cattle ranchings will do in America at no distant date, it is said.
    • 1938-1968, published in 2001 in When prophecy still had a voice: the letters of Thomas Merton & Robert Lax, edited by Arthur W. Biddle, page 401:
      (I am taken to mountains so high you can't breathe; step out of your capsule: zam! you are flat in the aspens. Surrounded in every dimension by solitary ranchings; no sound but the lowing of kine, the flashings of cow-grass.)
    For more quotations using this term, see Citations:ranching.