What does ranch mean?
Definitions for ranch
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ranch, spread, cattle ranch, cattle farmverb
farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)
manage or run a ranch
"Her husband is ranching in Arizona"
A large plot of land used for raising cattle, sheep or other livestock.
A small farm that cultivates vegetables and/or livestock.
A house or property on a ranch land.
A type of salad dressing.
To operate a ranch; engage in ranching.
Formally the widow still ranches, in fact she leaves all ranching to the foreman
To work on a ranch
Etymology: Recorded since 1808, farm sense since 1831. From American rancho, in Spanish originally "group of people who eat together", from ranchear, from ranger, from rang (cognate with rank)
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
To sprain; to injure with violent contortion. This is the proper sense, but, in John Dryden, it seems to be to tear.
Etymology: corrupted from wrench.
Against a stump his tusk the monster grinds,
And ranch’d his hips with one continu’d wound. Dryden.
Emeticks ranch, and keen catharticks scour. Samuel Garth.
A ranch (from Spanish: rancho/Mexican Spanish) is an area of land, including various structures, given primarily to ranching, the practice of raising grazing livestock such as cattle and sheep. It is a subtype of a farm. These terms are most often applied to livestock-raising operations in Mexico, the Western United States and Western Canada, though there are ranches in other areas. People who own or operate a ranch are called ranchers, cattlemen, or stockgrowers. Ranching is also a method used to raise less common livestock such as horses, elk, American bison, ostrich, emu, and alpaca.Ranches generally consist of large areas, but may be of nearly any size. In the western United States, many ranches are a combination of privately owned land supplemented by grazing leases on land under the control of the federal Bureau of Land Management or the United States Forest Service. If the ranch includes arable or irrigated land, the ranch may also engage in a limited amount of farming, raising crops for feeding the animals, such as hay and feed grains.Ranches that cater exclusively to tourists are called guest ranches or, colloquially, "dude ranches". Most working ranches do not cater to guests, though they may allow private hunters or outfitters onto their property to hunt native wildlife. However, in recent years, a few struggling smaller operations have added some dude ranch features such as horseback rides, cattle drives, and guided hunting to bring in additional income. Ranching is part of the iconography of the "Wild West" as seen in Western movies and rodeos.
to wrench; to tear; to sprain; to injure by violent straining or contortion
a tract of land used for grazing and the rearing of horses, cattle, or sheep. See Rancho, 2
Etymology: [See Rancho.]
A ranch is an area of landscape, including various structures, given primarily to the practice of ranching, the practice of raising grazing livestock such as cattle or sheep for meat or wool. The word most often applies to livestock-raising operations in the western United States and Canada, though there are ranches in other areas. People who own or operate a ranch are called ranchers, or stockgrowers. Ranching is also a method used to raise less common livestock such as elk, American bison or even ostrich, emu, and alpacas. Ranches generally consist of large areas, but may be of nearly any size. In the western United States, many ranches are a combination of privately owned land supplemented by grazing leases on land under the control of the federal Bureau of Land Management. If the ranch includes arable or irrigated land, the ranch may also engage in a limited amount of farming, raising crops for feeding the animals, such as hay and feed grains. Ranches that cater exclusively to tourists are called guest ranches or, colloquially, "dude ranches." Most working ranches do not cater to guests, though they may allow private hunters or outfitters onto their property to hunt native wildlife. However, in recent years, a few struggling smaller operations have added some dude ranch features, such as horseback rides, cattle drives or guided hunting, in an attempt to bring in additional income. Ranching is part of the iconography of the "Wild West" as seen in Western movies and rodeos.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ranch, n. a stock farm in the west part of the United States.—v.i. to manage or work upon a ranch—also Ranche, Ranch′o.—ns. Ranch′er, Ranchero (ran-chā′rō), Ranch′man, one employed in ranching; Rancheria (ran-chā-rē′a), a herdsman's hut: a village of herdsmen: a settlement of Indians; Ranch′ing, the business of cattle-breeding. [Sp. rancho, prop. 'mess' or 'mess-room;' in Mexico, a herdsman's hut, a grazing-farm.]
ransh, v.t. (Dryden) to tear, wound. [Wrench.]
Etymology and Origins
From the Spanish rancho, a hut of posts, covered with branches or thatch, in which herdsman or farm labourers in the western states of North America lodge by night.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ranch is ranked #97210 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Ranch surname appeared 187 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ranch.
60.4% or 113 total occurrences were White.
24% or 45 total occurrences were Black.
7.4% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
5.3% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
The numerical value of ranch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of ranch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of ranch in a Sentence
I have to believe that the quick response of the officers that got inside Highlands Ranch helped save lives.
The door of this sort of ranch house opened and there was that smile, and, of course, I fell instantly in love.
It was an hour drive out, then into the ranch. It's heavy brush out there and hardly any road, and huge boulders, so we had to go slow, by the time I got home it was almost two in the morning.
Hot wings are a classic game day favorite, so we decided to add a twist to make them hot Perdue chicken bites instead, they are spicy, so I recommend pairing with some coleslaw and cooling dipping sauces like ranch and Bleu cheese.
The super rich? They don't pay this tax. They have a legion of lawyers and tax planners. They have charitable trusts and foundations, these are family-owned, hard-working, risk-taking, determined Americans who are building their business, their farm, their ranch. These are not, as we will hear today, the Paris Hiltons and robber barons of the Teddy Roosevelt days.
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