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

Wiktionary

  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.

Wikipedia

  1. Agriculture

    Agriculture or farming is the practice of cultivating plants and livestock. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that enabled people to live in cities. The history of agriculture began thousands of years ago. After gathering wild grains beginning at least 105,000 years ago, nascent farmers began to plant them around 11,500 years ago. Sheep, goats, pigs and cattle were domesticated over 10,000 years ago. Plants were independently cultivated in at least 11 regions of the world. Industrial agriculture based on large-scale monoculture in the twentieth century came to dominate agricultural output, though about 2 billion people still depended on subsistence agriculture. The major agricultural products can be broadly grouped into foods, fibers, fuels, and raw materials (such as rubber). Food classes include cereals (grains), vegetables, fruits, cooking oils, meat, milk, eggs, and fungi. Over one-third of the world's workers are employed in agriculture, second only to the service sector, although in recent decades, the global trend of a decreasing number of agricultural workers continues, especially in developing countries, where smallholding is being overtaken by industrial agriculture and mechanization that brings an enormous crop yield increase. Modern agronomy, plant breeding, agrochemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers, and technological developments have sharply increased crop yields, but cause ecological and environmental damage. Selective breeding and modern practices in animal husbandry have similarly increased the output of meat, but have raised concerns about animal welfare and environmental damage. Environmental issues include contributions to global warming, depletion of aquifers, deforestation, antibiotic resistance, and other agricultural pollution. Agriculture is both a cause of and sensitive to environmental degradation, such as biodiversity loss, desertification, soil degradation, and global warming, all of which can cause decreases in crop yield. Genetically modified organisms are widely used, although some are banned in certain countries.

ChatGPT

  1. agriculture

    Agriculture is the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock. It also includes the preparation and marketing of the resulting products. This practice is essential for human survival and civilization, providing food, raw materials, and employment. It involves a range of activities such as irrigation, crop rotation, plowing, fertilizing, pest management, and harvesting.

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.]

Wikidata

  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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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    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. Chief Executive David MacLennan:

    Barring weather events, we don't anticipate a near-term improvement in market conditions for agriculture. In these kinds of cycles, and we've been through them before, we focus on the levers under our control.

  2. Jordan Traverso:

    Recent decisions about agriculture aren’t the reason for low numbers because these fish are returning from the ocean voyage as part of their journey, climate disruption is causing strings of dry years and hotter temperatures, shrinking salmon habitat and eliminating the space for them to rebound.

  3. Mark Benson Madsen:

    My grandfather was my hero and my friend long before I knew that he had been the secretary of agriculture or was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

  4. 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.

  5. Samson Ogbole:

    We're bringing in technology into agriculture so that the youth can actually see this as a viable option, we also want to ensure that food production is no longer seasonal, and we're also bringing in smart sensor technologies into agriculture so that you're able to get feedback from your plants.

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