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[til-ij] /ˈtɪl ɪdʒ/
the operation, practice, or art of tilling land.
tilled land.
Origin of tillage
First recorded in 1480-90; till2 + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tillage
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  • They are, no doubt, less now than they were originally, owing to the effects of time and tillage.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • She appeals to the Immortals for instruction in tillage with a view to security and welfare.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • And thus much for the tillage and ordering of this white Sand.

    The English Husbandman Gervase Markham
  • The tillage of the neighbourhood for ten miles round is doubled in a few years.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • It is much under sheep; but towards Clonmel there is a great deal of tillage.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • If, however, the tillage is poor, scanty harvests will always result.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Protection from every form of plant enemies must be added to tillage.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • It may be said on first thought that tillage is a practice contrary to nature.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
  • There are, however, scientific and practical reasons for tillage.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
  • As the season and the amount of rainfall vary, so must tillage operations be varied.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
British Dictionary definitions for tillage


the act, process, or art of tilling
tilled land
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tillage

late 15c., from till (v.) + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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