an establishment maintained for raising livestock under range conditions.
Chiefly Western U.S. and Canada. a large farm used primarily to raise one kind of crop or animal: a mink ranch.
to manage or work on a ranch.
- ranchless, adjective
- ranchlike, adjective
- un·ranched, adjective
- ranch , wrench
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How to use ranch in a sentence
If these weren't modern days he'd come near bein' a gun-man, same as we had in Texas, when I ranched there in the 'seventies.The Light of Western Stars | Zane Grey
For a time he "ranched" without success, and was heard of as a frequenter of saloons.
It caused her to remove to Santa Ana, where her old father had feebly ranched a "quarter section" in the valley.Under the Redwoods | Bret Harte
He had ranched in Canada, and had also done something vague of the outdoor kind in Texas.December Love | Robert Hichens
After he had finished his first season of work as sheriff and as United States marshal, Garrett ranched it for a time.The Story of the Outlaw | Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for ranch
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 crop: a 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
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