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tillage

[til-ij] /ˈtɪl ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the operation, practice, or art of tilling land.
2.
tilled land.
Origin of tillage
1480-1490
1480-90; till2 + -age
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  • The land will remain, but the land of this highest part of the Transvaal, though fit for pasture, does not lend itself to tillage.

  • They are, no doubt, less now than they were originally, owing to the effects of time and tillage.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • Forests were to some extent cleared away by the sides of the new roads, and fresh ground was thrown open to tillage.

  • The tillage of the neighbourhood for ten miles round is doubled in a few years.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • Culture: the art of preparing ground for seed and raising crops by tillage.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • It is much under sheep; but towards Clonmel there is a great deal of tillage.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • Not an acre or a foot of the land is oosur, or unfit for tillage.

  • If, however, the tillage is poor, scanty harvests will always result.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Year in and year out, tillage is the most costly ingredient in the making of a good peach-orchard.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • All tillage operations are most easily performed in orchards set on this plan.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
British Dictionary definitions for tillage

tillage

/ˈtɪlɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act, process, or art of tilling
2.
tilled land
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Word Origin and History for tillage
n.

late 15c., from till (v.) + -age.

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