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

  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. Pete Ricketts:

    During the discussion, I urged the President to put a continued focus on expanding markets for agriculture, he listened and expressed a commitment to growing international trade so we can grow opportunities for our farmers and ranchers.

  2. Stephane Le Foll:

    We're going to work on subjects in particular in agriculture and agribusiness, we'll see the potential and the possibilities for trade with Iran and that also means in the agriculture sector, most notably in meat and chicken.

  3. Jonathan Gold:

    Retail, manufacturing, farming, agriculture, transportation -- anybody who relies on the ports to move their goods both inbound and outbound are being impacted.

  4. Ashley Hinson:

    Well, I think it's all economy, economy, economy. I mean, you look around the state fair, it's all what you're putting on your plate in celebration of Iowa agriculture. But I think everybody here is very sensitive to food prices, the cost of things, the cost of goods and services. So inflation and supply chain are going to be what drives this election.

  5. Eva Muller:

    There has always been the thinking that in order to produce more food to feed the growing population you need to clear more land for agriculture, (But) it is possible (to produce more food without cutting forests).

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