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[til-ij] /ˈtɪl ɪdʒ/
the operation, practice, or art of tilling land.
tilled land.
Origin of tillage
1480-90; till2 + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


the act, process, or art of tilling
tilled land
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Word Origin and History for tillage

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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