- to manage or work on a ranch.
Origin of ranch
Examples from the Web for ranching
Nathan learned everything he could about farming and ranching.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
As a boy in Alamo, a tiny Mormon ranching community in Lincoln County 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Lamb was one of 11 children.The Cowboy Sheriff of Las Vegas Rides Into ‘Mob Museum’
John L. Smith
June 8, 2014
Farming and ranching concerns will also have little political leverage with the White House.As Partisan Rancor Rises, States That Back a Loser Will Be Punished
October 5, 2012
Droughts have always been part of farming and ranching in the hardest-hit areas of the Midwest.Midwest Drought Forces South Dakota Farmers and Ranchers to Abandon Crops and Thin Herds
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 5, 2012
A bit of ranching and 39 my work here in the shop keeps me busy enough.
Who, after all, could blame him for fathering thoughts that ranching was not all it was supposed to be?
His drooping spirit revived; she was getting tired of ranching.
Perhaps you will find it easier after a week or two of ranching.
"Ranching and hunting was no bed of roses," some one who knew him at that time has said.American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt
- a large tract of land, esp one in North America, together with the necessary personnel, buildings, and equipment, for rearing livestock, esp cattle
- any large farm for the rearing of a particular kind of livestock or cropa mink ranch
- the buildings, land, etc, connected with it
- (intr) to manage or run a ranch
- (tr) to raise (animals) on or as if on a ranch
Word Origin and History for ranching
1808, "country house," from American Spanish rancho "small farm, group of farm huts," from Spanish rancho "mess-room," originally, "group of people who eat together," from ranchear "to lodge or station," from Old French ranger "install in position," from rang "row, line" (see rank (n.)).
Sense of "large stock-farm and herding establishment" is from 1831. Of houses, "single-story, split-level" (adj.) from 1950; as a noun from 1960. Ranch-house attested from 1862.
1866, from ranch (n.). Related: Ranched; ranching.