- the business of operating a farm.
- the practice of letting or leasing taxes, revenue, etc., for collection.
Origin of farming
- a tract of land, usually with a house, barn, silo, etc., on which crops and often livestock are raised for livelihood.
- land or water devoted to the raising of animals, fish, plants, etc.: a pig farm; an oyster farm; a tree farm.
- a similar, usually commercial, site where a product is manufactured or cultivated: a cheese farm; a honey farm.
- the system, method, or act of collecting revenue by leasing a territory in districts.
- a country or district leased for the collection of revenue.
- a fixed yearly amount accepted from a person in view of local or district taxes that he or she is authorized to collect.
- a tract of land on which an industrial function is carried out, as the drilling or storage of oil or the generation of electricity by solar power.
- English History.
- the rent or income from leased property.
- the condition of being leased at a fixed rent; possession under lease; a lease.
- Also called farm team, farm club. Chiefly Baseball. a team in a minor league that is owned by or affiliated with a major-league team, for training or keeping players until ready or needed.
- Obsolete. a fixed yearly amount payable in the form of rent, taxes, or the like.
- to cultivate (land).
- to raise (animals, fish, plants, etc.) on land or in water.
- to take the proceeds or profits of (a tax, undertaking, etc.) on paying a fixed sum.
- to let or lease (taxes, revenues, an enterprise, etc.) to another for a fixed sum or a percentage (often followed by out).
- to let or lease the labor or services of (a person) for hire.
- to contract for the maintenance of (a person, institution, etc.): a county that farms its poor.
- to cultivate the soil; operate a farm.
- farm out,
- to assign (work, privileges, or the like) to another by financial agreement; subcontract; lease: The busy shipyard farmed out two construction jobs to a smaller yard.
- to assign the care of (a child or dependent person) to another: She farms her elderly aunt out to a retired nurse during the workweek.
- Chiefly Baseball.to assign (a player) to a farm.
- to exhaust (farmland) by overcropping.
- to drill (oil or gas wells), especially by subcontract on land owned or leased by another.
- buy the farm, Slang. to die or be killed.
Origin of farm
Related Words for farminggardening, cultivation, culture, production, breeding, agriculture, grazing, ranching, landscaping, operating, threshing, growing, harvesting, feeding, homesteading, reaping, gleaning, tillage, agronomy, hydroponics
Examples from the Web for farming
Contemporary Examples of farming
Two-thirds of the 22 million people in West Africa depend on farming to live.Liberia’s Ebola Famine
Abby Haglage, Nina Strochlic
November 13, 2014
Nathan learned everything he could about farming and ranching.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
Too many were taken from the farm and educated, but educated in everything but farming.College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School
Michael S. Roth
August 30, 2014
The invention of farming was the initial cause of wars that created peace.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
Sharpe Holdings Inc.* Missouri corporation that is involved in the farming, dairy, creamery, and cheese-making industries.After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage
June 30, 2014
Historical Examples of farming
He can tell you much more about farming than I can,' she said.The Roof of France
Farming is hard work, and I hope my boys will have an easier time than I had.In the Midst of Alarms
For a year or two, therefore, he tried to turn his attention to farming.Biographical Stories
We are also much at a loss for want of proper methods in our improvements of farming.The Letters of Robert Burns
The knowledge of farming which his sons had acquired now came into play.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- the business, art, or skill of agriculture
- (as modifier)farming methods
- a tract of land, usually with house and buildings, cultivated as a unit or used to rear livestock
- (as modifier)farm produce
- (in combination)farmland
- a unit of land or water devoted to the growing or rearing of some particular type of vegetable, fruit, animal, or fisha fish farm
- an installation for storage
- a district of which one or more taxes are leased
- a fixed sum paid by an individual or group for the right of collecting and retaining taxes, rents, etc
- a fixed sum paid regularly by a town, county, etc, in lieu of taxes
- the leasing of a source of revenue to an individual or group
- a fixed tax, rent, etc, paid regularly
- to cultivate (land)
- to rear (stock, etc) on a farm
- (intr) to engage in agricultural work, esp as a way of life
- (tr) to look after a child for a fixed sum
- to collect the moneys due and retain the profits from (a tax district, business, etc) for a specified period on payment of a sum or sums
- to operate (a franchise) under similar conditions
Word Origin for farm
1590s, "action of farming out," verbal noun from farm (v.). Meaning "husbandry" attested by 1733.
c.1300, "fixed payment (usually in exchange for taxes collected, etc.), fixed rent," from Old French ferme "rent, lease," from Medieval Latin firma "fixed payment," from Latin firmare "to fix, settle, confirm, strengthen," from firmus "firm" (see firm (adj.)).
Sense of "tract of leased land" is first recorded early 14c.; that of "cultivated land" (leased or not) is 1520s. Phrase buy the farm "die in battle," is at least from World War II, perhaps a cynical reference to the draftee's dream of getting out of the war and going home, in many cases to a peaceful farmstead. But fetch the farm is prisoner slang from at least 1879 for "get sent to the infirmary," with reference to the better diet and lighter duties there.
mid-15c., "to rent (land)," from Anglo-French fermer, from ferme (see farm (n.)). The agricultural sense is from 1719. Original sense is retained in to farm out.
In addition to the idiom beginning with farm
- farm out
- buy it (the farm)