What does Agriculture mean?

Definitions for Agriculture
ˈæg rɪˌkʌl tʃərAgri·cul·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agribusiness, agriculture, factory farmnoun

    a large-scale farming enterprise

  2. farming, agriculture, husbandrynoun

    the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock

  3. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Department, Agriculture, USDAnoun

    the federal department that administers programs that provide services to farmers (including research and soil conservation and efforts to stabilize the farming economy); created in 1862

  4. agriculturenoun

    the class of people engaged in growing food


  1. agriculturenoun

    The art or science of cultivating the ground, including the harvesting of crops, and the rearing and management of livestock; tillage; husbandry; farming.

  2. Etymology: From agricultura, from ager, "field" + cultura, "cultivation". See acre, and culture.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Agriculturenoun

    The art of cultivating the ground; tillage; husbandry.

    Etymology: agricultura, Lat.

    He strictly adviseth not to begin to sow before the setting of the stars; which notwithstanding, without injury to agriculture, cannot be observed in England. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    That there was tillage bestowed upon the ground, Moses does indeed intimate in general; as also, what sort of tillage that was, is not expressed: I hope to shew, that their agriculture was nothing near so laborious and troublesome, nor did it take up so much time as ours doth. John Woodward, Nat. History.

    The disposition of Ulysses inclined him to war, rather than the more lucrative, but more secure, method of life, by agriculture and husbandry. Alexander Pope, Odyssey; notes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agriculturenoun

    the art or science of cultivating the ground, including the harvesting of crops, and the rearing and management of live stock; tillage; husbandry; farming

  2. Etymology: [L. agricultura; ager field + cultura cultivation: cf. F. agriculture. See Acre and Culture.]


  1. Agriculture

    Agriculture, also called farming or husbandry, is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, biofuel, drugs and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization. The study of agriculture is known as agricultural science. The history of agriculture dates back thousands of years, and its development has been driven and defined by greatly different climates, cultures, and technologies. However, all farming generally relies on techniques to expand and maintain the lands that are suitable for raising domesticated species. For plants, this usually requires some form of irrigation, although there are methods of dryland farming; pastoral herding on rangeland is still the most common means of raising livestock. In the developed world, industrial agriculture based on large-scale monoculture has become the dominant system of modern farming, although there is growing support for sustainable agriculture. Until the Industrial Revolution, the vast majority of the human population labored in agriculture. Pre-industrial agriculture was typically subsistence agriculture in which farmers raised most of their crops for their own consumption instead of for trade. A remarkable shift in agricultural practices has occurred over the past century in response to new technologies, and the development of world markets. This also led to technological improvements in agricultural techniques, such as the Haber-Bosch method for synthesizing ammonium nitrate which made the traditional practice of recycling nutrients with crop rotation and animal manure less necessary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Agriculture

    ag′ri-kult-ūr, n. the art or practice of cultivating the land.—adj. Agricult′ural, relating to agriculture.—n. Agricult′urist, one skilled in agriculture: a farmer—also Agricult′uralist. [L. agriculturaager, a field, cultura, cultivation. See Culture.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Agriculture

    The science of soil cultivation, crop production, and livestock raising.

Editors Contribution

  1. agriculture

    The science, technology, ability, skills and experience created for farming and farming related products.

    Agriculture is an important facet and sector of society as they create the largest amount of food.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Agriculture' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2634

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Agriculture' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3676

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Agriculture' in Nouns Frequency: #1144

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Agriculture in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Agriculture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Agriculture in a Sentence

  1. Indian Proverb:

    Agriculture is best, enterprise is acceptable, but avoid being on a fixed wage

  2. Tereza Cristina:

    As Minister of Agriculture, I have this concern yes. Development and environment are two sectors that can and should go together, one depends on the other, if there is a concern, Brazil will act, yes. If there isn't a concern, we will explain the data to everyone for better transparency.

  3. Amaia Arranz-Otaegui:

    We now have to assess whether there was a relationship between bread production and the origins of agriculture, it is possible that bread may have provided an incentive for people to take up plant cultivation and farming, if it became a desirable or much-sought-after food.

  4. Mary Kay:

    Those numbers are almost unfathomable, i'm not really sure we can actually produce that much product to send. But I'm sure the agriculture industry would be more than happy to try.

  5. David Valadao:

    Like so many family dairy farms across the country, burdensome government regulations made it impossible for the operation to remain open, while this has been an especially difficult experience, I remain hopeful that sharing my story will help those going through similar situations. This is exactly why I ran for Congress -- to give agriculture communities across the nation a voice in Washington.

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